White House Down Tuesday, 07 July 2020

White House Down

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Action violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:


  • Starring:

    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, James Woods, Nicolas Wright, Jackie Geary, Jimmi Simpson, Michael Murphy, Lance Reddick, Matt Craven, Jake Weber, Peter Jacobsen, Kevin Rankin, Garcelle Beauvais

  • Directed by:

    Roland Emmerich

  • Running time:

    131 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Many people are shot, shot at, slashed, stabbed, tasered, slapped, elbowed, kicked, held hostage, hit with objects, thrown through the air, crashed through glass, beaten, near-drowned, pursued, held at gunpoint, sucked out of an aircraft, hit by a vehicle and/or threatened. Men in balaclavas, military vehicles, armed soldiers, snipers, handguns, submachine guns, rifles, surface-to-air missiles, shotguns, machine guns, RPG, grenades. Explosions, objects shot, smashed glass, burning building, debris, bullet-holes in objects. Dangerous driving, speeding, vehicle collisions, vehicle rollover. Painting of burning White House, footage of burning train. Middle Eastern conflict, troop withdrawal, violence, execution, nuclear bomb, CIA operatives, hate crimes, weapons manufacturing, sacrifice, poverty, robbery, gas/chemical/missile attacks, coup d'état, suicide mentioned. Man pulled from burning Humvee, man tried to blow up post-office mentioned. Screaming, yelling, pleading. Blood/gore: Many corpses, walking wounded, victim on stretcher, wound-dressing. Bloody bullet wounds, blood splatter, smeared blood, bloody object protruding from skin, bloody noses/heads/arms/faces, blood on clothing. Bandages. Man cut by glass mentioned.


    A couple having sex is seen via thermal vision. Man in singlet. Tattoo of woman in underwear.


    Prescription medication (Lorazapam, Nicorette). Alcohol (spirits). Robitussin mentioned.


    F-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch, pr*ck. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, ethnic, cultural, genre, security, FBI, terrorist stereotypes.


    POTUS, The White House, United States Secret Service, security, politics, terrorism, betrayal, traitors, evacuation, lockdown, surveillance, unlikely heroes, presidential swearing-in, hacking, media, the 25th Amendment, patriotism, single-parenting, father-daughter relationships, ransom, technology.


    Separated parents, job refusal, friend/colleague killed, dead president. Divorces, deceased son (US Marine killed in action), dead vice-president, diabetes, cancer, tumour mentioned. Underground tunnel setting. Squirrel, dog, helicopters, plane, sparklers, sparks. Helicopters crash, plane crash, low-flying aircraft, repetitive emergency alarm tone and flashing lights. A daughter addresses her father by his first name. Aerial cinematography. Brief foreign language (no subtitles).


    Action extravaganza, surprisingly funny, good special effects, sharp CGI, workable characterisation, shameless, clever, preposterous, diverting, blockbuster, satisfying. Classy and convincing cinematography.


    Gun-happy, overlong, implausible, formulaic, predictable. Too obviously styled on Die Hard. Absurd ending.

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