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White House Down

by JC Alvarez
Monday Nov 11, 2013
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Between the recent government shutdown, the weakening economy and the state of unemployment across the country, who hasn’t thought about invading the capital and raining all havoc on the heart on the nation? In director Roland Emmerich’s new action film "White House Down," that’s exactly what the man behind such big blockbuster disaster films including "Independence Day" and "2012" has accomplished --¬†unleashing a terrorist attack on the White House that’s going to cost tax payers a whole lot of money.

Now on DVD, fans of big screen idols Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx can pop in the disc and imagine this over-the-top scenario which would be certainly any real G-man’s worst nightmare. Tatum plays a police officer who ends up in the middle of a well-staged and calculated attack on the president (played by Foxx). In true buddy-film fashion the two cheeringly team up to save the day amidst the mad chaos and metered pyrotechnics. The second summer blockbuster of 2013 to pit our government in peril, "White House Down" isn’t a deep, thinking man’s movie --¬†it’s just loud explosions!

Tatum and Foxx are great fun. The two chew up the scenery with in their predictable cut-up comedy, but anyone eager for more skin should just save their time and money and rent a copy of "Magic Mike." At least in that film, you can bookmark all the more interesting parts (wink).

The DVD is devoid of major bonus features. There are looks at the film’s two stars that overanalyzes their on-screen chemistry, and an insider’s look at the rest of the supporting players. The on-the-set peek of the major action scenes may be interesting to some, but the most engaging bit may be the interview with the film’s director. There are so many ways you can spend your evening andI don’t imagine this will be the wisest of starts, but if you’re a die hard fan of an 80’s style shoot ’em up, bang ’em up big screen flick, this may be right up your alley.

White House Down
is available on DVD and download for $19.99
www.sonypictures.com

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".

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