January 17, 2014 4:19 pm

White House Down – DVD review

A sense of humour makes it easier to stomach the clichés in this action thriller

Roland Emmerich, 2013


After blowing up the White House in Independence Day, Roland Emmerich does it again. This time, it’s not aliens or North Koreans (as in last year’s near-identical Olympus Has Fallen), but neo-cons and white supremacists.

Jamie Foxx is an Obama-like prez: basketball-crazy and trying to quit smoking. It’s less violent, less po-faced than Olympus – and wittier too, making it easier to stomach the clichés: the patriotic schmaltz, tense situation room countdowns and Channing Tatum as a rogue agent dodging bullets in a Die Hard vest.

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