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White House Down 

Guns 'n' muscles, muscles 'n' guns

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When ex-special forces agents stage a coup in the capital, beaten down cop Channing Tatum teams up with surprisingly capable president Jamie Foxx to wrestle back control of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the stupid but handsome, White House Down. The plot is bonkers, but it somehow remains enjoyably more reasonable than the exact same scenario in this summer's earlier, abysmal Olympus Has Fallen. Director Roland Emmerich, who has blown up the White House a few times on screen, paints in broad but colourful strokes. Meanwhile, Channing and Foxx's impromptu action buddies do well atop a cast of cheesy performances put forth by everyone from James Woods to Maggie Gyllenhaal. Repetitious gunplay and clunky family duties bloat the runtime well beyond what's needed, but at the very least it's nice to see all the things White House Down gets right after watching all the ways Olympus went wrong.

White House Down
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 137 min. · 2013
Official Site: www.whitehousedown.com
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: James Vanderbilt
Producer: Bradley Fischer, Harald Kloser, James Vanderbilt, Laeta Kalogridis and Larry Franco
Cast: Channing Tatum, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, James Woods, Jamie Foxx, Richard Jenkins, Kevin Rankin, Rachelle Lefevre and Joey King

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