When the White House is under siege, John Cale, a Capitol City police officer, takes it upon himself to help protect the President while also trying to track down his daughter.
Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Magic Mike, The Vow)
Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray, Collateral)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, Donnie Darko, Secretary)
Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless, The Great Gatsby)
James Woods (Once Upon A Time In America, Casino, Salvador)
Directed By Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow)
Written By James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-man, Zodiac)
What Did I Think Of This Film?
I don’t think you’d find anyone who’s paid attention to movie releases over the summer (or a few months earlier depending on the country) who didn’t see this film and think “didn’t think come out already?” Yeah, this film seems ridiculously similar to Olympus Has Fallen which came out a few months ago. Now I haven’t seen Olympus Has Fallen but I know which one I’d pick to see if given the choice (it’s probably not the one with Gerard Butler)
This film was hilarious, it really was. It caught me off guard a bit but it has a fair amount of comedy. I saw the trailer last week and a friend said that he was a bit apprehensive about seeing it as he thought all the funny points might’ve been in the trailers (the rocket launcher and “shoot him” scenes in particular) but this wasn’t the case. There was plenty of laughs to be had in this one, mostly from Channing Tatum but not solely. The story is great, there’s plenty of twists and turns throughout although it gets a bit “Hollywood” but most films do.
There are so many clichés and cringeworthy moments in this film, most of them come near the end as it’s wrapping up. There’s a twist right at the end which is pretty obvious too. But overall, it’s really not that bad and there’s much, much worse out there.
This film is chock full of great actors. Channing Tatum is developing into a great lead actor and one that I actually want to see. Sure he’s done his fair share of romantic films and those are probably not likely to go anywhere but that doesn’t matter to me, the dude is clearly a good looking guy so he’s always going to be put in those films but he’s also putting himself in roles outwith that genre. 21 Jump Street was one of the best films of 2012 and he was a big part of it, he delivers funny lines perfectly and I expect we’ll see him in more comedies and he has the look to carry off action roles as well. Jamie Foxx is obviously a great actor, this is another good performance for him. It’s no Django but it’s a good, solid performance and a lot of fun. Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a great support cast performance, she’s not got a lot time onscreen but there were absolutely no problems with her – she’s there to help move the story along. Jason Clarke was great, after last year’s Zero Dark Thirty and Lawless, he’s put in another great showing from him. He was vicious at times throughout this. James Woods also had a pretty big role in this, he was very good too. There were so many great faces to see in the background, Lance Reddick (Fringe), Richard Jenkins (The Cabin in the Woods), Kevin Rankin (Breaking Bad) and I’m sure countless others that I missed. They were all fantastic.
It’s no surprise, but the film looks great. One thing that Roland Emmerich does well is destruction. Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla are all very good films for just mindless destruction and this is no different. The explosions and the action scenes look tremendous. I also can’t not mention the great use of Street Fighting Man, I won’t say when but it raised a huge smile for me when it started playing and it capped off what was a great shot in the film.
Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable flick. It had decent action, plenty of laughs and it was just generally a lot of fun to watch. I’d say that if you enjoyed Independence Day then you will probably enjoy this, they’re pretty similar in style.
Stuart Ross – @forehead7 – 6/10