White House Down

Published January 23, 2014

White House Down

Film info

  • Title White House Down
  • Director Roland Emmerich
  • Year 2013
  • Run time 2hrs 11m
  • Genres Thriller, Action, Drama
  • Tagline It will start like any other day

Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:22 Boo, the President is in a helicopter and not Air Force One.
4:27 Getting choppered into the White House is the exact opposite of humble.
11:02 I like him already.
15:24 “What do you mean they don’t say blog? I just learned blog!”
24:42 Independence Day reference!
26:20 This girl scares me. I didn’t even understand her question, let alone the fact she was asking it to the President.
31:04 Maggie nearly made it home if she wasn’t too busy rubbernecking.
34:02 Her voicemail message: “Why aren’t you texting me?”
37:26 I like that his leap wasn’t perfect. Ungainly in super slo-mo.
40:30 That guy is so rogue.
40:36 Air Force One!!
43:26 Getting in the lift never seems like a good idea to me, you’re a sitting target then.
50:36 This fanatical geeky hacker guy reminds me of someone.
1:00:07 The President now has only one shoe on.
1:03:36 Weirdly never thought of the White House having a kitchen.
1:09:02 She’s the awesomest kid ever.
1:09:57 Apple sent that guy rogue!
1:15:02 Ground Force One does not sound so cool.
1:29:52 “I don’t want to make history, I want to make a difference.”
1:31:04 I do not like the low helicopters.
1:40:43 How on earth can you deal with suddenly becoming President in a situation like this?
1:48:33 Dude blew up the piano.
1:51:04 Submarine! This film has everything.
1:53:36 Kid rage!


It’s weird how films come along in twos. After watching, and not really liking, Olympus Has Fallen, we were hoping this would be a lot better.

And we were not disappointed. I loved it! It’s Roland Emmerich, so you have to expect the disaster style movie from the outset, a kind of film I love. Tatum was great as the dad, and the kid, far from being just a prop to get in the way, was feisty and fearless and awesome.

It was funnier than I thought it would be, lots of laughs, and the only bit I didn’t like was the helicopters falling out of the sky. That’s my own flying machine related phobia, though, and not really a reflection on the film. Considering it was filmed in Canada, the huge amounts of green screen are very well done!

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 / 5

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