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“White House Down” couldn’t decide what it wanted to be. It shifted between comedy and drama. All the scenes with Cale (Channing Tatum) and President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) were comedic, whereas all other scenes were serious.
Tatum and Foxx’s characters were not as important in the film as the advertisements implied (for example, the poster above). I would argue that Finnerty (Maggie Gyllenhaal) was the protagonist. She was the most interesting character in the film and had the most camera time. Also, Tatum and Foxx’s roles lacked any development. There was no development of Cale and President Sawyer’s relationship, which I had assumed was going to be the deeper storyline of the film. They acted like buds right off the bat. And there was barely any discussion between the two characters about Cale’s interest in working for the president.
Cale’s daughter, Emily (Joey King) was annoying. She was so obsessed with the President that I couldn’t find it believable. Along with that, I didn’t understand her relationship with her father. In the beginning of the film, she was bitter towards Cale, but as soon as he took her to the white house, she completely changed. All of a sudden, she was daddy’s little girl. There was absolutely no development in their relationship.
Most of the events that transpired in “White House Down” are impossible. 1) The government has a better plan for making decisions when the President is incarcerated. 2) The public would not be allowed to gather around the White House as they did in the movie. 4) The military could have easily intervened once the air missiles were disbanded and fewer terrorists were left. Along with all of that, there were many loop holes.
I can’t decide if I liked “White House Down” or not. While it had many flaws, I was still entertained. However, I can confidently say that this film is a hot mess.