God bless you, Roland Emmerich. It looks like you finally read my last review where I asked you to please stop caring about any sort of plot in movies and just focus on action. Emmerich brings us “White House Down,” a movie about a world where Jamie Foxx plays Barack Obama…I mean, “President Sawyer,” who signs legislation to bring peace to the middle east, and then is targeted by white supremacist domestic terrorists in an effort to start a nuclear world war 3……does this sound crazy? HELL YEAH IT DOES!!!
The whole movie is ridiculous and doesn’t ask the viewer to suspend reality, but throw that whole pesky thing called reality out the damn window, while shooting rocket launchers out that same window, and doing triple backflips while shooting two guns and kicking some dude in the face all at the same time. I think saying that this is Emmerich’s masterpiece of explosions is an understatement.
Oh, and Channing Tatum is in this too. He plays the President’s de facto security guard, even though he got turned down from a secret service job, which makes this the perfect recipe for a buddy cop film, except that the cops are the President and Rambo if Rambo was very dreamy.
So the film is nothing but one liners, explosions, jabs at the tea party, and no downtime whatsoever. I think I saw Maggie Gyllenhaal in this too, and though she recites her lines, her eyes say “why the hell am I in this movie?” Then there’s James Woods in his most memorable role since “Family Guy,” and Lance Reddick who is some general who delivers every line like a bad monologue out of “Unsolved Mysteries.”
This movie will make Michael Bay cry for not getting the director spot. Emmerich, keep doing this for the rest of your career. People will no longer say “woah, that movie was so bad that it was good.” From now on people will simply say, “woah, that movie was totally Emmerich.”