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September 18, 2013


WHITE House Down is a fast paced action thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The film brings together Hollywood heartthrob, Channing Tatum, and heavyweight actor Jamie Foxx. The supporting cast includes some movie stalwarts such as James Woods and Richard Jenkins, with Maggie Gyllenhall providing the feminine touch.

The plot is based around the relationship of father and daughter John (Tatum) and 11-year-old Emily Cale (Joey King). Estranged from his wife and daughter, John tries to build bridges by taking politics mad Emily to visit the White House. But while on their tour, a terrorist attack emerges, leaving their lives in the balance, as well as that of the U.S. president James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx).

The movie maintains a tense atmosphere throughout, and Tatum and Foxx play their lead parts convincingly.

While Tatum's former military serviceman with a soft edge character is familiar from films such as Dear John, Foxx's role of the under siege US president is more refreshing. There is a good blend of humour and warmth from the father-daughter duo added to the mix, which helps to keep the film from being too action heavy, with Tatum dishing out some witty one liners.

The film itself is everything you'd expect from Ronald Emmerich, the director of other big hits, Independence day and The Patriot.

There are explosions galore and CGI imagery is used to good effect -- although it is difficult to get your mind off the fact that an attack like this could happen in real life.

White House Down does have some political point making, inspired by real current events, but does not try to force these views on the audience.

The film is a return to the old style of action films, not far from the mould of the Die Hard.

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