White House Down; White House Down is a fun, over the top, cliché film that never fully reaches its potential. Even with a star studded cast that has Channing Tatum, Jamie Fox, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, White House Down doesn’t flesh them out enough to make them relatable. The on-screen chemistry of Tatum and Fox is an interesting dynamic, but only in the most generic of ways. The acting is good across the board with some minor faults among the supporting cast. The script is meant to be over-exaggerated but nonetheless is noticeably cheesy. Director Roland Emmerich who is best known for disaster films, doesn’t have any unique style to keep you interested, but does well considering the genre. He also serves a couple of twists in the film to maintain interest. White House Down is an enjoyably average movie that never takes itself too seriously – which both makes and breaks the film.
Olympus Has Fallen; This 2013 flick is one that may have gone right over your head, but you didn’t miss a thing. Olympus Has Fallen is an action/thriller as advertised, only in the most generic of ways, though. The acting is okay but not extraordinary by any means. The script is mostly made-up of a mix between stuff you don’t care about and Gerard Butler’s angry grunting. Character-wise, this film gives you some people you could care for, if only you knew anything more about them. Antoine Fuqua (Director) kind of lets us down considering that he’s proven capable of directing action/thrillers in the past. The plot of Olympus Has Fallen really feels similar to Die Hard after being watered down with more politics and more action. All things considered, you might enjoy this movie just fine. However, if you want something new, interesting, and action-packed, there are plenty of other places to look.
If you must choose between venturing into one of these films, go with White House Down. Olympus Has Fallen clearly is inferior. The acting in White House Down isn’t especially great but little effort is really needed in the alternative film. The script is equally cliché between each. Although, White House Down brings some comedy and positivity. When it comes to characters, neither flick has any personality beyond general subgenre styles. In direction, Fuqua is better, sure. However, that is only because the film is comparative variety for him – rather than the constant, unchanging style of Emmerich. Olympus Has Fallen also tells the story better, specifically with the tensions it should have instead of the nonsense of buddy-cop comedy during terrorism. Then there’s the comparatively high quantity of enjoyment in White House Down. All of these factors make White House Down the stronger and better flick. Nonetheless, neither film is any more than an unmemorable and overlooked film. Both being unnecessary action movies we would be fine without.
White House Down – Cinemaster Score: 6/10
Olympus Has Fallen – Cinemaster Score: 5.5/10