Reviews for this film from our members:
- [New – 4/3/14] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
- Excerpt: The film tries to be two things: straight-up action film and buddy comedy. In terms of the first it soon starts becoming so ludicrous and unbelievable that you have to wonder how anyone could survive all the things they did without nary a scratch; in terms of the second you think the jokes (such as they are) just don’t fit.
- Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
- Excerpt: The problem is not one of plausibility, ideology, or political messiness: it’s that the film is contrived and dumb.
- Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
- Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
- Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
- Excerpt: …the second ‘Die Hard in the White House’ movie of 2013, Emmerich serves up a buddy movie that may be the most unintentionally(?) hilarious comedy of the summer.
- Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Asalto al poder es ligeramente mejor que “Objetivo: La Casa Blanca” porque las actuaciones son mejores y visualmente es muy superior, pero el guión es de la misma calaña.
- Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
- Excerpt: Unlike the Fox News, parnoia-fueled “Olympus Has Fallen,” “White House Down” at least understands that it’s a silly, derivative thriller, and provides some comic relief while delivering predictable thrills pretty much on schedule.
- Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
- Excerpt: There’s a distinct method to this madness, and it cannot be emphasized enough that the film is—in its own genre-satisfying and expectation-twisting way—an act of madness.
- João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews
- Bill Gibron @ Film Racket.com
- Excerpt: In the standard classroom game of compare and contrast, White House Down can’t trump Olympus Has Fallen.
- Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
- Excerpt: There’s humor and heart in this implausible but action-packed, escapist thriller.
- Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
- MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
- Excerpt: It lifts an embarrassing number of beats from Die Hard… but Channing Tatum is no Bruce Willis.
- Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
- Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
- Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
- Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
- Excerpt: Most of the actors seem to be playing characters that are outdated by about 20 years. That would be okay if the film was any sort of effective throwback to action cinema of the past but instead it approaches something akin to bad parody with more CGI than wit.
- R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
- jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
- Excerpt: The second of 2013’s terrorists-take-the-White-House thrillers (after Olympus Has Fallen), Roland Emmerich’s White House Down fares a little better than its serious-minded predecessor: this thing is so over-the-top dumb it almost becomes a parody of itself, and turns into a subversive little satire of the Gerard Butler-Morgan Freeman film in the process.
- Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
- Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
- Excerpt: The best thing this cinematic assault-on-the-senses has going for it is its title. Like Edward Snowden, America is on its own and there are very few places to hide.
- Phil Villarreal @ COEDMagazine.com
- Excerpt: While White House Down is very much an awful disgrace of a movie, it’s easy to sit back and appreciate what it was going for.
2 thoughts on “Reviews: White House Down (2013)”
Another Olympus Has Fallen except with Channing Tatum playing the good guy. with wits and comedy by him and Jamie Foxx.
White House Down has the exact same momentum as Die Hard except they changed around some things. I believe since Die Hard was such a good trilogy everything is turning out like these films.