The latest summer action blockbuster, called "White House Down," stars Channing Tatum, who has to protect the president, played by Jamie Foxx, from terrorists intent on destroying the White House. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
We're right in the thick of summer blockbuster season, and that means a lot of big-budget action movies. The latest, which opens this week, is something called "White House Down."
Channing Tatum plays D.C. police officer John Cale, who gets turned down for a job in the presidential secret service. After being rejected, he decides to take his daughter on a tour of the White House. It's at this point that both the Capitol Building and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come under siege.
All the president's secret service men are quickly killed by a group of terrorists who are working from the inside of the White House. It's up to Cale to not only protect the chief executive officer, played by Jamie Foxx, but to also figure out a way to get him out of there and bring him to safety.
It's not going to be easy, as the bad guys are holding hostages, including Cale's daughter, and have state-of-the-art weaponry, which they liberally use, causing all sorts of mayhem and destruction.
James Woods has a key role in the proceedings, and he has a ball chewing the scenery.
Channing Tatum is extremely appealing here, giving a top-notch performance, and he has also great chemistry with Jamie Foxx, who amusingly goes from presidential administrator to reluctant action hero.
What's such a pleasant surprise here is that the movie is funny. You wouldn't get that at all from looking a the trailer, which makes the film to appear to be a run-of-the-mill, boring, destructive action film. I assure you it's not. "White House Down" is not only loaded with humor, it's also so much fun from beginning to end.
I don't mind a good action film if I care about the characters and am amused along the way, something that was sorely lacking in "Man Of Steel" and countless other recent fare. But this movie has it all, plus state-of-the-art CGI, awesome visuals of Washington landmarks being destroyed, and a lot to root for. What more could you possibly want form a summer action blockbuster?
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 3 1/2 apples