Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 131 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 14+. Lots of and lots of nongraphic violence, including people being taken hostage, being killed, being blown up, engaging in hand-to-hand combat and so forth, but with very little actual bloodshed; some kissing; and some cursing. Young teenagers should be able to handle it, because it’s lacking anything graphic or grotesque.
‘White House Down’ is not adding anything new to the action movie genre. Director Roland Emmerich knows what works and what doesn’t, though, and so he gives us enough of Channing Tatum’s charisma and a few little twists along the way. It’s not amazing, but it certainly has its moments.
By Roxana Hadadi
There comes a moment in “White House Down” when Jamie Foxx, as U.S. President Sawyer, yells at a terrorist who just won’t leave him alone, “Get your hands off my Jordans!” It’s a ridiculous, laugh-worthy scene, and an effective microcosm of the film as a whole—a bunch of silliness and stupidity thrown together into a movie that actually kind of works. You can thank Foxx and Channing Tatum for that; they commit themselves to a movie that is like a trail mix of one-liners, action sequences, and warmongering-bashing. The randomness of “White House Down” is its greatest asset.