White House Down Blu-ray Combo Pack
Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx should have opened up one of this summer’s biggest movies. Both actors are big names in the business, and they had The Amazing Spider-Man’s James Vanderbilt and big budget guru Roland Emmerich to put together the film, as well. While the movie didn’t manage to dominate the box office, it’s still a fun but frilly movie that's short on surprises but long on fun.
The set-up is fairly simple, which helps to usher audiences into the dramatic White House takeover as quickly as possible. Cale (Channing Tatum) pulls some strings to get an interview at the famed DC home, hoping to earn a position within the current President’s (Jamie Foxx) Secret Service detail. He brings along his daughter, Emily (Joey King), a White House freak who has never been inside the prestigious building before. Once they are in, all chaos breaks loose thanks to terrorists, mercenaries and corrupt politicians. Jason Clarke, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jimmi Simpson, James Woods, and Richard Jenkins also have prime roles in the flick.
White House Down shouldn’t be treated as if it is a realistic terrorist movie. It’s basic premise is as wild and unlikely as the Die Hard franchise or even Independence Day, but unlike those movies, it doesn’t really recognize its ludicrousness. Its biggest problem is that it occasionally tries to take itself a little too seriously, with a bunch of political rhetoric tripe thrown in among the fun action sequences. Luckily, there is also a scene where President Sawyer and Cale do donuts on the White House Lawn with a rocket launcher, so there is enough humor in the film to keep the movie from ever becoming too boring.
We'll probably never know exactly why White House Down didn't breakout as a huge hit. Maybe it was bad timing because of the stocked summer schedule. Maybe it was the similarities with Olympus Has Fallen. Either way, I really wish audiences would have given the film a chance. It's a fun, circular movie with likeable characters. It may not inspire the imagination to work overtime, but it isn't a waste of time either.
You can order White House Down over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: It seems as if there are quite a few bonus features with the set, but once you start watching them, you’ll probably realize that most of them could have been mashed together into one longer making of segment. Still, I give Sony Pictures Home Entertainment some credit for giving each of the segments clever names and making most of them a reasonable length. I’ve seen a lot of bonus features with other films explaining the special effects and the action, and the ones on this disc weren’t that exciting. However, I did love the bonus feature "The Beast," which explains how workers on the show were able to custom build a vehicle they used in the film during the epic car chase scene that looks similar to the real limousine used by the president.
Other Special Features:
"A Dynamic Duo"
"Men of Action"
"The Full Arsenal"
"VFX Boundaries Down"
"The Inside Story"
"Lights, Camera, Heart-Pumping Action"
"Roland Emmerich – Upping the Ante"
"Crashing the Oval Office"
"Drowning the Beast"
"Recreating the White House"
"Meet the Insiders"