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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

White House Down

Die Hard In White House

Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) attempts another “Die Hard In The White House” movie three months after Olympus Has Fallen. One would assume that a less serious take on this concept might be the better popcorn movie — not true.

Attempting to play Bruce Willis in a tank top is Channing Tatum in a tank top, who is neither as witty or charismatic. The backstory is a broken family drama that parallels the Die Hard movies, but Emmerich didn’t even attempt to create a villain as interesting as Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber.

The original element here is the White House. Jamie Foxx, an action hero himself, plays the anti-action hero POTUS. I suppose this is a misplaced attempt to do an impression of Barack Obama. By the time the Presidential state car is doing laps on the White House lawn, you realize this movie is doing laps on you.

This isn’t an assault on 1600 Pennsylvania, it’s an assault on moviegoers.

Simply put: Hardly Die Hard. Just plain White House dumb.

Award potential: None. Even the FX were dumb.

The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks.

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