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Movie Review: 'White House Down' is enjoyable and action-packed

June 28, 2013

PLYMOUTH — In the post-9/11 years, action movies often feature some sort of terrorist take-over and a rallying of the troops, or at least, one individual to save the day. The movie, "White House Down," now playing at the Tri-Way Drive In is an entertaining example of this genre.

In addition to the non-stop action, the film has that unexpected hero element that has worked so successfully for other films. The dialogue and script also has some humorous lines, my favorites delivered by the White House Tour Guide, played by Nicholas Wright.

Released this week, the film stars Channing Tatum as John Cale, and Jamie Foxx, cast in the role of President James Sawyer. It also stars James Woods as the Secret Service head who is due to retire, Maggie Gyllenhaal as his assistant; Richard Jenkins as the Speaker of the House and a rival to the President. Jason Clarke is cast as a paramilitary soldier, Lance Reddick as the general; and Joey King plays Cale's 11-year-old daughter.

In summary, Cale, with the Capitol Police, is turned down for a job as a Secret Service Agent assigned to protecting the President. To make the best of the situation, he takes his daughter on a tour of the White House. The Capitol gets attacked and the threat moves to the White House, where people are being held captive, including his daughter, the President and other visitors on tour.

The movie was very enjoyable, even with the stereotypical elements and plot predictability. It is not political, although it is set in Washington, D.C. and affects two branches of the US Government.

Although I am not usually a fan of Tatum's work, this movie was one of his better ones. His character has all the elements of the classic hero, and he handles the role well.

The entire movie was put together really well, and the action flowed smoothly. It was non-stop, loud and contained lots of explosions, shootings and fast-paced action scenes.

"White House Down" is a fun movie and well-worth the price of admission.

The movie is being shown in Plymouth at the Tri-Way Drive In and Showland Cinemas. It is rated PG-13 and is 2 hours and 17 minutes in length.

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