Escape to the Movies: White House Down

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White House Down

MovieBob gives us a look at the latest bit of subtle filmmaking from Roland Emmerich.

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i was wondering what this movie was gonna be like, i like both the lead actors in other works..

I bet the right-wingers never thought that THEY would be the ones who ended up being...

*puts on sunglasses*

...Out Foxx'd

In 2016....God help us all.

The Captain Planet announcement is pretty amusing just because of how far in advance they've set the release date. It's as if they expect things to go horribly wrong during production and would rather save the effort of pushing back the release date a full year.

I just saw Not-Obama fire an RPG out of a moving vehicle. This is the sort of thing that needs to be seen... more.

A Captain Planet movie, on the other hand, is the sort of thing that needs to be seen... NEVER!

Actually, you know what, I take that back. On one condition... get Roland Emmerich to direct Captain Planet: The Movie, because it seems to be that he is the only man who could actually commit sincerely enough to a concept like Captain Planet, to actually make a movie that, if not conventionally 'good', could at least be looked at with some level of affection. Y'know, like a puppy looking doe-eyed up at you after having just eaten your slippers.

I'd like to see it, just because I love the "Channing'd all over my Tatum" thing they did on... Kimmel, was it? And it's now got a real music video to go with it.

Which I'd link... but I'm at work and it's really NSFW.

So glad to hear this is awesome. It looked like a mindless "X Attack The White House" movie, I've never liked Channing Tatum as an actor (why I don't know, just hasn't really hit the right buttons, I guess) , and when I saw Jamie Foxx in the role as President Kcarab Amabo I thought "you went from Django to this? What are you thinking, man?!" Plus, Roland Emmerich has always been pretty hit-and-miss with me, the hits including Independence Day and 2012 while the misses include 10,000 BC and The Day After Tomorrow. I might go see this now.

Here I was enjoying a good review of a great movie...and my enjoyment got ruined by the announcement of a 2016 movie that should never happen.

CAPTCHA: what to see

NO IT'S NOT, CAPTCHA!!!

So the writers knew that the NSA, Snowden etc. was going to become contemporary and relevant in time for the film's release...somehow.

Eyebrow raising.

So its Die Hard With a Vengeance centered in Washington D.C. and operating on the action level of bat-shit bonkers on a bun. I can dig it. Might wait for DVD to see it unless I find a cheaper ticket somewhere in town.

As for Captain Planet... Kinda sad that this is getting a release before a decent Masters of the Universe or Thundercats movie. But that's just me.

The Great JT:
I've never liked Channing Tatum as an actor (why I don't know, just hasn't really hit the right buttons, I guess)

I had no thoughts on the guy until I saw "This is the End." He seems to have an appropriate sense of the ridiculous.

Also, side note? Bob, sir, any chance of a review of WWZ? Would love to get your take on it.

So what you're saying, MovieBob, is that this movie is so over-the-top, and reminiscent of goofy 80's action movies, that it would qualify Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx for The Expendables 4?

Well played...

Wow, that was damn unexpected, did not see him liking this, then again I also though this movie was the earlier 'attack on the white house' or president or whatever movie.

Am I the only one who find this love letter to the current US president a bit distasteful considering Obama is as much onboard with the NSA and the military as the bad guys in this movie?

History is going to deem the current president as a weak one considering how little control Hollywood and the rest of the media is presenting him as having, just think about the one in this movie, it isn't easy overlooking so many groups plotting an armed insurrection, not unless the heads of NSA, FBI and CIA are in on it, and if they are you've really fucked up as president.

seems kind of fun, one thing i do know is that my home school teacher is going to love this movie.

You say it's not afraid to be about something, but what it's about is just pumping up the propaganda machine and continuing to pander to the us/them ideology that is destroying this country. To wit, Obama is not interested in peace with Iran, has put more troops into combat overseas than President Bush, is SUPPORTING a bigger and more dangerous spying scandal than Richard Nixon that has all the same qualities of McCarthyism (replacing communism with terrorist as the excuse for doing it), and has not only refused to prosecute the banks that have caused the economic problems in this country, but systematically put into place laws that further protect them from legal repercussions and allow them to continue the exploitation of the American people. If it were still Bush in office, most of the media would be up in arms about it, calling for his resignation and you'd be right along with them in the chants. But because Obama's a democrat, the media will make any excuse they can to keep from being seen as the monster he is (unless you're Fox News, but Fox is already a joke to most of the American public, so their opinion doesn't count).

I don't care if it's ballsy for Emerich to make this film about something. It would be equally ballsy for someone to make a film in which a a good-hearted, but maligned Republican president is attacked by unapologetically evil homosexual pro-abortion Muslim radicals.

It would also be equally bullshit.

RJ Dalton:
You say it's not afraid to be about something, but what it's about is just pumping up the propaganda machine and continuing to pander to the us/them ideology that is destroying this country. To wit, Obama is not interested in peace with Iran, has put more troops into combat overseas than President Bush, is SUPPORTING a bigger and more dangerous spying scandal than Richard Nixon that has all the same qualities of McCarthyism (replacing communism with terrorist as the excuse for doing it), and has not only refused to prosecute the banks that have caused the economic problems in this country, but systematically put into place laws that further protect them from legal repercussions and allow them to continue the exploitation of the American people. If it were still Bush in office, most of the media would be up in arms about it, calling for his resignation and you'd be right along with them in the chants. But because Obama's a democrat, the media will make any excuse they can to keep from being seen as the monster he is (unless you're Fox News, but Fox is already a joke to most of the American public, so their opinion doesn't count).

I don't care if it's ballsy for Emerich to make this film about something. It would be equally ballsy for someone to make a film in which a a good-hearted, but maligned Republican president is attacked by unapologetically evil homosexual pro-abortion Muslim radicals.

It would also be equally bullshit.

This right here, the movie is presenting a president as far removed from the real one as possible

A really bland protagonist

Villains with no logical motivation or rational actions

A message as close to the current mainstream ideology as possible

There's nothing edgy about this, no Roland Emmerich movie has ever been either edgy or even thought inducing, he makes what he does best, special effect summer blockbusters pandering to the Hollywood view

Well now. That's a pleasant surprise. I got the feeling this movie was going to be "over the top", but it sounds like they got it done right this time.

Glad to hear.

I'm sorry, but this seems like the kind of film Bob has railed against in the past. The only difference is that it's a representation of his man-crush obama taking it to the right-wing and its basically a way for Bob to pat himself on the back and root for the good guys.

You don't have to be really politically invested to see why Bob responded so well to this movie.

On a lighter note, I'll consider a Captain Planet movie if Don Cheadle is playing Capt.

...WE'RE GETTING A CAPTAIN PLANET MOVIE?!?!?! ...Fuck it, I'd watch it. Especially if they had the theme somewhere in there.

That was some serious fawning over Roland Emmerich... a man who has never made an even barely watchable movie, and I'm including his German made English language debut, Moon 44.

No one can deny his skill as a technical craftsman. Yes, he can frame a shot and direct effects and you can even follow his action, unlike say, Micheal Bay. But no matter what popular opinion and nostalgia may be, Independence Day (or IQ4) is a giant mess based on the absolute sheer stupidity of it's ridiculous script. 2012, Day After Tomorrow, and everything else he's directed suffers each time from that same absurdity.

His films are built on connecting head slapping moments of unbelievable coincidence and groan inducing irrational and illogical plot points into Irwin Allen-esque road movies on steroids. Oh, the fighter pilot's stripper wife managed to save the President's Wife AND lead refugees, by accident, to the secret military base in the desert where Wil Smith is already there ready to save the world? Wow. Really? Oh, and the aliens can be destroyed by uploading a Mac Laptop virus? Are you kidding me?

Bob was right to call Emmerich "nuts", though he shouldn't have done it in a way that makes it sound endearing. The man is outright loony nuts... and while big action set pieces might seem awesome, nothing is ever awesome enough to make a bad story good. Films have to start with good stories and relatable characters and smartly written dialog before the alleged awesomeness of their big bangs and blow ups are gonna do any good.

Of course, I'm gonna see this movie eventually... because its a movie, and I see pretty much everything. But with all choices out there, this one can wait for the small screen. I see no reason to support yet another Emmerich disaster which is sure to please legions of non-discriminating Americans in need of two air conditioned hours out of the sun... but is still just another absurd excuse to hire a pyrotechnics guy.

Normally I fucking loathe political movies, especially ones with left wing leanings (so pretty much anything by Oliver Stone) because they tend to be subversive and lecturey. But I may actually have to see this if it is as open and ridiculous as Bob makes it seem. I don't necessarily mind the politics of the left, I just don't like being lectured at which is how most of those types turn out. So I think I'd appreciate the in your face style here.

Also, an armored limosine car chase rocket launcher battle on the White House lawn just looks fucking awesome.

honeybakedham:
That was some serious fawning over Roland Emmerich... a man who has never made an even barely watchable movie, and I'm including his German made English language debut, Moon 44.

No one can deny his skill as a technical craftsman. Yes, he can frame a shot and direct effects and you can even follow his action, unlike say, Micheal Bay. But no matter what popular opinion and nostalgia may be, Independence Day (or IQ4) is a giant mess based on the absolute sheer stupidity of it's ridiculous script. 2012, Day After Tomorrow, and everything else he's directed suffers each time from that same absurdity.

His films are built on connecting head slapping moments of unbelievable coincidence and groan inducing irrational and illogical plot points into Irwin Allen-esque road movies on steroids. Oh, the fighter pilot's stripper wife managed to save the President's Wife AND lead refugees, by accident, to the secret military base in the desert where Wil Smith is already there ready to save the world? Wow. Really? Oh, and the aliens can be destroyed by uploading a Mac Laptop virus? Are you kidding me?

Bob was right to call Emmerich "nuts", though he shouldn't have done it in a way that makes it sound endearing. The man is outright loony nuts... and while big action set pieces might seem awesome, nothing is ever awesome enough to make a bad story good. Films have to start with good stories and relatable characters and smartly written dialog before the alleged awesomeness of their big bangs and blow ups are gonna do any good.

Of course, I'm gonna see this movie eventually... because its a movie, and I see pretty much everything. But with all choices out there, this one can wait for the small screen. I see no reason to support yet another Emmerich disaster which is sure to please legions of non-discriminating Americans in need of two air conditioned hours out of the sun... but is still just another absurd excuse to hire a pyrotechnics guy.

But it's Roland Emmerich. That's his thing. You go to a Roland Emmerich film expecitng absurd, over the top, crazy things to happen and that's exactly what you get. Expecting anything more is like going to a Michael Bay film and expecting a drama. So I don't think it's fair to say it's unwatchable because you know what you're in for before you even buy the ticket. If that's not your kind of movie, then why are you going to see it?

If Bob is calling it left wing you know it's way out there in Looneyville.

Terminator Reboot, Captain Planet movie.....
2015 and 2016 are going to be interesting.

It looks really good.
My free ticket is going to man of steel tomorrow and I know what movie I'm going to next week :D

I'm sorry. This is the same guy who made 2012? Ugh, that movie was SHIT. And Bob gave a glowing review of it. I'm gonna have to hard pass on this one, Bob.

Mezmer:
I'm sorry. This is the same guy who made 2012? Ugh, that movie was SHIT. And Bob gave a glowing review of it. I'm gonna have to hard pass on this one, Bob.

I'm actually wondering if Bob is being serious on this one considering how this movie is getting slaughtered by other movie critics

One guy wrote that "White House Down makes Olympus has Fallen look like Citizen Kane in comparison"

Mezmer:
I'm sorry. This is the same guy who made 2012? Ugh, that movie was SHIT. And Bob gave a glowing review of it. I'm gonna have to hard pass on this one, Bob.

Got to agree. I can't believe Bob loved this. Maybe because it fits his politics? 2012 was shit. Independence Day was his best flick, and it was an over-blown B movie anyhow.

I just can't get excited about this with Olympus Has Fallen just having come out weeks ago. I did see that. It was OK. Nothing more.

Came in to this review thinking it was going to be crap.

"This is a great, fun movie!" Well, I'm intrigued.

"AND it's about something!" Hey, even more intrigued.

"It's a left-wing political takedown!" ........

Well, back to Independence Day.

The problem I have with ridiculous on-the-nose politically-topical one-sided hero-worship/demonization is that the person who praises the film saying that Hollywood "shouldn't be so afraid to be offensive and flip people off sometimes" would be shouting fire and brimstone at the film if it was the other way around.

I'll still totally see it since I absolutely adore crazy action films of utter ridiculousness regardless of the political agenda they boast.

I am all for new, good takes in the Die Hard "genre", given that the official sequels has been lackluster at best.

Also, 2016? Really? I know movies are hard to make, but publishing a release date 3 years from now almost seems like wish fulfillment.

Captain Planet movie announced just as the President does some speech about global warming....coincidence? I think not!

This one does look a lot better than the other white-house-under-attack movie that started out earlier in the year. But, I'm still saving my movie experience for the District 9 director's Elysium movie. That looks far more badass.

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