The latest in a string of political thrillers out this summer has a plot similar to the earlier-released Olympus Has Fallen. And just like Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down doesn’t take a pass at any gratuitous violence. That being said, when comparing the two movies in which the White House comes under attack, White House Down is head and shoulders above Olympus Has Fallen.
White House Down stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx; Tatum is a US Capitol Police officer assigned to the detail protecting the Speaker of the House, Foxx is President of the United States.
To avoid spoiling the plot or taking any of the suspense out of the movie, I’ll avoid a shot-by-shot summary. You really ought to see it for yourself, but if you choose to take a pass, you can find the full summary and character list on IMDB.
In the meantime, here are four takeaways from White House Down.
For a movie starring ultra-liberal Jamie Foxx, a person who has tirelessly worked to defend Trayvon Martin while vilifying American gun owners, there’s an awful lot of violence. If you’re familiar with the TV series ‘24,’ the WFPM (weapons fired per minute) rate is approximately doubled by my estimation. Not exactly what you’d expect from someone who appeared in an anti-gun PSA.
At one point in the rising action when the Pentagon is working to determine who is behind the attacks on the Capitol building and White House, the assailants are identified as “right-wing” activists who belong to a white supremacy group. This could be based on a number of real white supremacy groups who have repeatedly expressed their views on President Obama’s race. It could also be a jab at conservatives over the misconception that criticism of President Obama is derived from racist hatred. I’ll say again, I don’t care what color your skin is, I care what you do to my country and its future.
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