Channing Tatum saves the day in the new film from Roland Emmerich, but can he save it from box office disaster?
The US government is under attack once again from director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, Independence Day, 2012), in his new film, and with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx starring and a need to reiterate the credentials of traditional action movies rather that superhero films, the film still has a good chance to be the surprise hit of the summer. Critics are split down the middle in their opinion of the film, with some saying it is a decent enough watch, whilst others are calling it a shocker.
A great deal of reviews are speaking well of the latest film from one of the most successful disaster movie makers of the last few decades, with Vulture and the New York Times praising the shameless action sequences that regularly fail to keep the average audience-member entertained. Others have been praising the premise of the film - about a paramilitary group who take over the White House - for successfully addressing America's post-9/11 anxieties of a genuine threat to mainland America, much like the Gerard Butler-starring Olympus Has Fallen. But not everyone can agree and overall the critical view has been somewhat subdued; giving the film a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This can go a long way towards how well a film does in the cinemas and may prove to be a genuine threat to the producer's investment.
Tatum saves the day in 'White House Down'
There is hope for the film though, with it's main competition coming from films that have been out for a few weeks already. Man of Steel, World War Z and Snitch have had at least a week to draw in audiences and with The Heat the only other film coming out this weekend serving as potential challenge, the film might just do ok. It does have Channing Tatum in it after all, so how hard will it be to get girlfriends to come along?
The film sees Tatum play a policeman fighting his way through the White House after a terrorist attack on the capital started by series of bomb attacks. Knowing he has to keep his daughter safe from harm as well as President James Sawyer (Foxx) along with the rest of his country. The film hits cinema across the US on June 28.