EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|WHITE HOUSE DOWN (director: Roland Emmerich; screenwriter: James Vanderbilt; cinematographer: Anna J. Foerster; editor: Adam Wolfe; music: Thomas Wander/ Harald Kloser; cast: Channing Tatum (John Cale), Jamie Foxx (President Sawyer), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Finnerty), Jason Clarke (Stenz), Richard Jenkins (Raphelson), Joey King (Emily Cale), James Woods (Martin Walker), Lance Reddick (General Caulfield), Nicolas Wright (Donnie the guide), Michael Murphy (Vice President); Runtime: 137; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: James Vanderbilt/Harald Kloser/Bradley J. Fischer//Larry Franco /Laeta Kalogridis; Sony Pictures; 2013)|
Vanderbilt deserves an Oscar for the worst
screenplay of the season."
by Dennis Schwartz
Popcorn director Roland Emmerich
Day"/"2012"/"Godzilla") helms this overlong
idiotic noisy summer blockbuster action pic that hits
rock bottom in his Hollywood oeuvre. I can't think of
one thing I liked about it. It not only was a dumb
action movie with unbelievable heroics and risible
acting, but was exploitative in trying to cash in on
the current war on terrorism. Writer James
Vanderbilt deserves an Oscar for the worst screenplay
of the season. There's not one single thing about it
that doesn't seem phony, trite and poorly written.
the retiring head of the WH secret service Martin
Woods) organizes a terrorist paramilitary invasion of
the WH, with a bunch of angry rejects seeking revenge
on the administration for supposedly doing them wrong,
it's up to a rejected applicant for the secret
service, John Cale (Channing Tatum), taking a tour of the WH with his cell phone
savvy and history smart adolescent daughter Emily (Joey King), to leave the tour to
save President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) and eventually foil the
entire terrorist plot to nuke our Middle East enemies,
rob our treasury and bring back to the WH the military
Maggie Gyllenhaal has the
thankless empty role of the secret service big deal,
who rejected Cale for the post and whose performance
amounts to now standing outside the WH wetting her
underwear at how bravely Cale acts in the face of
danger while the WH goes up in flames and all the
other secret service agents get wasted by the
It's hard to believe crap like this can pass muster as a legit pic by a big studio, but I guess it did and guess again it will make big coin drawing in the undemanding.
REVIEWED ON 6/29/2013 GRADE: D
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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