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|Originaltitel:||White House Down|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 131 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
After having already destroyed the White House in "Independence Day" and "2012", Roland Emmerich now returns to this symbolic building again with his latest film "White House Down" to cause chaos and destruction for a third time. This is neither particularly original, nor even rudimentarily demanding. But the action-smasher is still a lot of fun.
The plot framework, which connects the single action sequences, revolves around the policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum), who wants to impress his daughter Emily (Joey King) by taking a job as a bodyguard for President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) at the Secret Service. But unfortunately the interview with agent Finnerty (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who John knows from earlier, doesn't go very well. And so John has to teach his daughter that he won't be the big hero she's supposed to see him as. In order to package this bad news in a more pleasant way, the policeman and his daughter spontaneously join a tour of the White House. But now, of all times, a paramilitary group has stormed the building considered the world's safest house, and all those who have not been able to flee or have already been shot are taken hostage. The USA is heading for a catastrophe of global proportions that only one man can now stop: John Cale!
After taking it easy with his last movie "Anonymus", Roland Emmerich does what he does best again in "White House Down". He celebrates explosions, chases, plane crashes and duels with relish, spices up the action with a pinch of humor and a lot of pathos and also likes to override the laws of gravity and logic. This mix always works out especially well when the movie doesn't take itself too seriously and wants to be fun in the first place. Then it's easy for the viewer to slow down his brain to such an extent that it's still possible to reach for cola and popcorn, and to just let the high entertainment factor carry him through the film.
However, there are also some scenes in the film, which is over two hours long and a bit too long, that cloud the otherwise quite positive overall impression. Whenever the characters behave completely stupid against every spark of common sense or even when the too clichéd father-daughter conflict dominates the action, the contented grin that conjures up the exaggerated action on the face of fans of cultivated popcorn cinema is transformed into an annoyed twisting of the eyes. If the whole thing culminates in a finale inflated with patriotic pride, then that's simply too much of a good thing.
Nevertheless, of the two attacks on the White House that took place in the cinema this year, Emmerich's material battle is definitely the more entertaining. It's true that Gerard Butler was allowed to go a bit harder in the very similarly knitted "Olympus has fallen", which should please friends of the more tangible action better. But with Roland Emmerich it simply goes bigger, more fun and more self-ironic to the point. Especially the duo Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx turn the whole thing into a classic buddy action comedy in their best moments, which surely isn't very original, but really entertaining. The Special Effects can't keep up with Emmerich's doomsday scenarios from "2012" or "The Day after Tomorrow", but they still offer a lot of food worth seeing for the inclined eye. In this respect, simply nobody can fool the Swabian import.
Why it is that the film is badly flopped in the USA, can't really be spotted. The film is certainly better than many other films, which made a lot more money this summer. And even if you feel like you've seen it all before, "White House Down" is never really boring. Therefore, cinema fans who like popcorn entertainment of the simply knitted but extremely effective kind should not let themselves be negatively influenced by the prophecies of doom from America. Roland Emmerich has once again succeeded in creating a great fun cinema, which perhaps doesn't deliver any special depth, no sophisticated dialogues and also no big surprises. But those who simply want to spend two entertaining cinema hours, in which there is always a really nice crash, should get their money's worth here. And for that there is an absolutely satisfied one: Worth seeing!
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