It’s action time, people. The White House is under attack and only Channing and Jamie Foxx (as the president) can save the day. Sounds pretty awesome to us, but did the critics like ‘White House Down?’ Find out below!
You can pretty much sign us up for anything involving Channing Tatum. Throw in Jamie Foxx as a more badass version of the president and we’re definitely interested. White House Down has got us hook, line, and sinker, but what did the critics think of the action flick? Also — and maybe most importantly — is White House Down better than Olympus Has Fallen? We have to know!
‘White House Down’ Reviews
New York Times
White House Down, the latest conflagration from that master blaster Roland Emmerich, is as demented and entertaining as promised, and a little less idiotic than feared.
Los Angeles Times
White House Down is a hoot and a half, a shameless popcorn entertainment that is preposterous and diverting in just about equal measure. This story of “the worst day this country ever had” — a roughly 12-hour period when an armed paramilitary group blows up the Capitol and takes over the White House — is very much something you get a kick out of against your better judgment.
New York Post
You couldn’t ask for a more fun summer popcorn movie than White House Down. The buddy action-comedy teams the ever-ingratiating Channing Tatum, as a hunky, off-duty DC cop, with Jamie Foxx, slyly amusing as President Sawyer, a very thinly disguised version of our current chief executive. The latest epic from master of disaster Roland Emmerich is his most entertaining since “Independence Day” — amusingly referenced by a White House tour guide in the new film, which is a lot funnier than you’d guess from some of the trailers.
White House Down never quite seems to decide what kind of movie it wants to be, although by firepower alone it qualifies as this summer’s most cartoonishly bombastic exercise in sensory overload (so far). A riotous display of serial explosions, helicopter crashes, car smash-ups, sniper attacks and at least one slap on the face of a winsome little girl, White House Down is the kind of celebration of rampant mayhem in which everyone seems to have a rocket launcher — or at least a live hand grenade — at the ready, just in case they need to dispatch a scrum of exceptionally vile and cruel villains.
Just as we thought — Channing and Jamie make a great team! And we’d say the answer is yes — White House Down is better than Olympus Has Fallen. HollywoodLifers, will you go see them in action in White House Down? Let us know!
WATCH: ‘White House Down’ Trailer
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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