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Movie Review: White House Down

The White House is under attack!  And it’s nice to see the president himself actually fight back.

I’m sure a lot of you are wondering if this film is just some cheesy action flick that gives Channing Tatum another reason to be shirtless.  That’s what I thought.  Surprisingly enough Channing Tatum doesn’t take his shirt off once!  Sorry ladies…But I’ll tell you what he does do, he kicks ass!  And unlike most films that are about taking down the president, so does the Commander-in-Chief.  This is what makes White House Down a heart-pounding thrill to watch!

John Cale (Tatum) brings his political obsessed daughter, Emily (Joey King), along with him to a job interview at the White House.  After blowing his interview and lying to his daughter about it, they decide to tag along one of the tours. While on the tour, a bomb goes off.  Like the film says “it’s a sh** show!”  At this point in the film, I’m hooked.  I don’t know how it happened, but even throughout the predictable plot lines, I was taking deep breaths as each scene went by.

There are still some surprises and twists in this film.  But the biggest surprise is how much fun it is watching Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum partner up to fight the bad guys.  The best part of this movie was the fact that the president didn’t act like some damsel in distress.   Usually when a movie has a fictional president, they are hardly a character and have minimal dialogue.  I should have known with Jamie Foxx as president that would not be the case, thank goodness!  As if I was worried Jamie Foxx could do wrong in this film.  I was a little unsure of Channing Tatum, but it was nice to see the new dad in a father figure role.

But if we’re talking scene-stealers, that title belongs to the back talking, brave young Emily.  She is played by Joey King.  Who would have known that while watching her 2010 comedy, Ramona and Beezus, she would become such an evolved actress.  She recently appeared in films like, Oz the Great and Powerful and The Dark Knight Rises.  This girl has some real acting chops, and I would keep an eye out on her from now on.

Never thought White House Down would be on my summer must see list.  But, I haven’t felt that kind of excitement in a movie since the airport scene in Argo.

White House Down hits theaters everywhere today. It’s worth it, go watch!

White House Down – Official Trailer #3 (HD)