White House Down

White House Down

DVD - 2013?
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Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2013?]
Branch Call Number: DVD WHI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (131 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
digital, optical, rda

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hesselugano
Sep 09, 2016

I can't get enthused about plots that hinge on a billion-to-one coincidence. This is what put me off Patriot Games.

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sjessicam
Jun 24, 2016

loved it.

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rslade
Mar 04, 2016

Wait, didn't we just see this?

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melek
Dec 17, 2015

A great action movie for people like me who don't normally like action movies. Actually has a twisty-turny plot. (Most action movies barely have a plot at all). And when it comes to bad guys, James Woods (in this), Christopher Walken, and Alan Rickman are the masters everyone else learns from.

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rswcove
Oct 23, 2015

Pretty much every review I have read about this movie calls it for what it is: a cheesy, hammy unapologetic, but well shot and well paced action guilty pleasure. This is from the director of Independence Day and it really shows. The only issue I have is the with James Woods and his role, type casting much? Very little will surprise you, this is so thoroughly 'Die Hard' in the White House that you could die of liver poisoning by playing a drinking game whenever the movie steals a trope from Bruce Willis. But that doesn't matter, because it's fun and doesn't care that it's kind of dopey. The actors are well cast. The pacing is good. The film is well framed and shot. The action is fun (although grenades don't blow up like that), and harsh criticism about realism or plausibility really miss the point.

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davidjb2008
Oct 22, 2015

One sentence captures it all: Oh so cheesy but oh so good!
If you like watching Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal blow up things over and over, then this is the movie for you. Some interesting plot twists too, for a shameless action movie.

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danielrobinson_0
Sep 02, 2015

dvd is too old so i need a new dvd

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callig
Sep 02, 2015

I saw 'Olympus Has Fallen" and the cover shot of this same-plot movie was promising [sarcasm]. I was right. It's a definite contender in the so-bad-it's-good Oscar category [that's bulging with classics like Will Smith's Independence Day].
This movie pulls out all the stops, is utterly shameless in milking every cliche the director could find. I especially liked the scene where the heroic little girl grabs the white house flag and bravely waves it to stop the fighter jet strike. [The director did miss making her have a dog tho: "oh Lassie, run for help!" Otherwise almost perfect.]
Hambone to the bone! Don't stop now- beat it to death!
Even the terrorists are fun in this one - no-neck and scrawny rednecks instead of scary [can i say, slit-eyed?] yellow-peril Koreans.
If Sylvester Stallone makes you giggle, see this one.

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bjohns
Aug 20, 2015

I've seen this movie twice now and I admit that I actually like it.
Channing Tatum is a sub-par actor but his self-deprecating, macho persona works as a hero here. I can't stand James Wood but his annoying, antagonistic persona works as a bad guy as well. Only Richard Jenkins (one of my favorite actors) is unconvincing as the other bad guy.
The special effects are off the wall but do keep the adrenaline moving. If you want some action and you like to see government buildings destroyed, this is your movie.

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akirakato
Feb 23, 2015

This is a 2013 American political action-thriller directed by Roland Emmerich about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group and the Capitol Police Officer who tries to stop them.
The story is pretty silly---too contrived.
When the president rose again after being shot, I almost laughed my head off.
Even when he showed a pocket watch given to him by his wife and explained that the bullet that hit him had been stopped by this convenient watch, nobody would be able to be convinced.
It is one of the cheapest tricks.
Maybe, you might believe it.
Anyway, except for the silly storyline and cheapest trick, you could enjoy this awe-inspiring, breath-taking and highly entertaining action movie with sophisticated computer graphics.

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jimg2000
Sep 11, 2015

From IMDb:

Walker: You just killed the Secretary of Defense.
Stenz: Well, he wasn't doing a very good job.

Cale: I got three rounds. Tell me you got some weapons in the residence.
President Sawyer: No, we usually have two agents right there with machine guns. We got some knives in the kitchen.
Cale: What?
President Sawyer: They're big knives.
Cale: Great, then you can make me a sandwich.

aaa5756 Feb 22, 2014

“Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.”-Ben Franklin

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csmo Jan 26, 2014

It`s Die Hard does the White House with sightly different characters.

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