White House Down centers on John Cale (Channing Tatum), a policeman whose dream job is protect the President of the United States as a Secret Service agent. When his is application is rejected, he’s unable to deliver the bad news to his young daughter and instead takes her on a tour of the White House.
While there, his skills and determination to protect the president are put to the ultimate test as a powerful paramilitary group takes control of the White House. If this plot sounds familiar, that’s because it’s almost identical to Olympus Has Fallen, which was released this past March.
The film is directed by Roland Emmerich, the man behind such blockbusters as Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow and written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac). It stars the aforementioned Tatum, Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as President James Sawyer, Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) as a Secret Service agent, Joey King (Oz the Great and Powerful) as Cale’s daughter, Richard Jenkins (Killing Them Softly) as the Speaker of the House and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) as Stenz, the leader of the paramilitary mercenary group that invades the White House.
The film’s debut trailer - which was released about the same time that Olympus hit theaters – gave viewers ample opportunity to compare the two films, and based on the first glimpse of footage, they could already see Emmerich’s blockbuster fingerprints all over White House Down.
While Olympus Has Fallen was lauded for its no-holds-barred action sequences, White House Down looks to one-up its forever-linked predecessor with some signature grand-scale Emmerich setpieces.
However, after watching the new trailer – which you can check out at the top of the page – viewers who are familiar with Emmerich’s work will undoubtedly begin to compare the film to his previous action spectacles. Like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, the film’s action looks way over the top, even campy at times, and the attempts at humor are hit-and-miss. The new trailer also shows off more of Cale’s backstory with his daughter, which could give the film a backbone and a beating heart.
Many would argue that Olympus Has Fallen was successful because – though it was a bit excessive at times – it knew what film it was trying to be. The action film won over audiences because it was unapologetic about its brutal violence, whereas White House Down – in typical Emmerich fashion – appears to take a broader approach, trying to be a bit of everything. It wants to tell a serious story with some humorous moments, and also wants to wow audiences with big action.
Although Emmerich has been successful with this formula previously, White House Down could be a harder sell, considering Olympus already beat it to the punch.
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White House Down storms into theaters on June 28th, 2013
Source: Yahoo! Movies