Old habits: they really do die hard, eh? Take Roland Emmerich, who stepped away from destroying countries in every film to make Anonymous, in which the only thing really detonated was William Shakespeare’s creative reputation. Now he’s back firmly in chaos central with the new action thriller White House Down. The trailer has arrived for your eyeball perusement below.
White House Down is set, as the title suggests in the US capital, where on a seemingly normal day police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum) is escorting his daughter Emily (Joey King) on a tour of the titular building.
Unfortunately for the Cale family outing, that’s the day old tensions bubble to the surface and a man named Stenz (Jason Clarke) unleashes terror by blowing up chunks of the Capitol Building and the surrounding area. It turns out that that’s all a distraction for an invasion of the White House itself, where Secret Service agents (Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods) must protect the President (Jamie Foxx). And who should get caught up in it? Why, John Cale!
Talking of things that die hard, There’s a definite John McClane feeling to the footage, especially with Tatum as a regular guy cop dealing with extraordinary situations and, as with the new poster available courtesy of Moviefone below, wandering around in a grubby vest. Fingers crossed it lives up to that idea.
James Vanderbilt wrote the script and the cast also features Richard Jenkins, Jimmi Simpson, Lance Reddick and Rachelle Lefevre. White House Down is out on September 6 and you can see three earlier teaser posters right here.
Worlds most unwise decision to put Channing Tatum in a white vest, it would be like putting a loner with no name in a quilted scorpion jacket, never open your film up to any comparisons that its going to look vastly inferior to. More
...but as the trailer played out, you could see the trademark Emmerich nonsense taking shape. Was that CT's daughter he was hugging? I wonder if they've got father/neglected-daughter issues to resolve cos she doesn't understand how important and time-consuming daddy's job is until he saves the world in front of her? That'd be original. Also, poor old Jamie Foxx -- looks like he's been lumbered with the honest-but-dumb-ass-and-in-the-dark POTUS role, ala Bill Pullman etc. All More
How often does a man take his daughter on a tour of the white house? doesn't sound much like an everyday sort of occurance to me. I do quite like the look of this film, but I can't help feeling that i'll be watching it wishing that Channing Tatum was Bruce Willis or rather that John Cale was actually John Mclane. Seems perfectly plausible to me that John Mclane would be a the white house, more than it did him going to mother Russia to get his son out of some scrape.
...but as the trailer played out, you could see the trademark Emmerich nonsense taking shape. Was that CT's daughter he was hugging? I wonder if they've got father/neglected-daughter issues to resolve cos she doesn't understand how important and time-consuming daddy's job is until he saves the world in front of her? That'd be original. Also, poor old Jamie Foxx -- looks like he's been lumbered with the honest-but-dumb-ass-and-in-the-dark POTUS role, ala Bill Pullman etc. All we need now is a loy More
Can I just say I'm NO fan of Roland Emmerich's bloated, loud and formulaic directing style but...how good a trailer was that?! This genuinely looks like an exciting action movie and Channing Tatum is proving himself to be one helluva versatile actor - action, thriller, drama, comedy, rom-com, etc. I was a bit sceptical about the wife beater but its surely a respectful reference right?! Nothing wrong with a nod to the greatest action movie ever made - Die Hard. Bring it on!!! More
You're probably right Madhava that this will be over blown compared to OHS but it looks choc full of "fuck,yeah" moments and the Yanks love "fuck, yeah" moments. Plus it has got the draw of current top poster boy, Chaning Tatum so I'm certain it will be the highest grossing, White House trashing movie of this year. More
Saw Olympus Has Fallen and it was a taut, tense, atmospheric thriller. In comparison, White House Down looks like a ridiculous, overblown, vapid, Michael Bay-esque flopbuster. Coming a couple of months after Olympus, I don't think this will be received so well. More