White House Down

The theatrical release poster for White House Down. (Photo/Columbia Pictures)

The theatrical release poster for White House Down. (Photo/Columbia Pictures)

By: Kenna Beech

Released in 2013, White House Down starring Channing Tatum, sparked people’s interest with its unique story line. The typically type casted Channing Tatum is normally used in movie productions for his muscular good looks. However, when performing the role of John Cale, a capitol policeman, the viewer’s outlook on Channing changed.

The characters in the movie are: President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx), Finnerty (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Walker (James Woods), Raphelson (Richard Jenkins), and Emily (Joey King).

The movie centers on Cale trying to be a more involved part of his daughter’s life. He realizes and understands that he hasn’t been doing the best job as a father. He convinces her that he has been given a dream job, one he was actually denied – as a secret service agent to protect President James Sawyer.

Cale ends up taking his daughter on a tour of the White House, hiding that he didn’t receive the job, when suddenly everything blows up as the White House is taken over by an armed paramilitary group. The nation’s government begins crumbling right under everyone’s feet, and it becomes Cale’s mission to save his daughter, the President, and the country as a whole. Cale’s daughter becomes separated from the tour group and is nowhere to be found.

The movie has made over $73 million at the box office. Filming locations included Washington, D.C. and Montréal. The movie, which is two hours and 17 minutes long, is directed by Roland Emmerich. It was given a PG-13 rating for violence, language, and a brief sexual image.

The movie deserves five out of five stars for its out of the ordinary story line, and its use of attention-grabbing action scenes.

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