White House Down Channing Tatum

Much as we appreciate big-budget blockbusters that aim to be deep or emotional or to impart profound life lessons, there comes a point in every summer when all we want to do is enjoy some expensive, well crafted mayhem.

Arriving just in time for that moment this year is Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down. The first wave of reactions has just hit the web, and by most accounts (including Peter’s and Germain’s) it’s the perfect summer blockbuster: big, silly, and dumb, in the best possible way. Hit the jump to get the buzz.

The premise of White House Down is almost identical to that of this spring’s Olympus Has Fallen — both can be described in simple terms as “Die Hard on Pennsylvania Avenue.” But based on early word-of-mouth, White House Down sounds like the far superior movie. The most frequently used word in these reactions is “fun,” which bodes well considering that fun is the film’s main goal. Both Pete and Germain used the term to describe the movie.

Movies.com’s Erik Davis echoed the comparison to Independence Day.

MTV’s Josh Horowitz, meanwhile, was reminded of other classic actioners.

Collider’s Frosty was especially impressed by the dynamite combination of Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.

Huffington Post’s Mike Ryan was more restrained in his reaction.

Silly popcorn flicks don’t always attract much critical acclaim, but in truth it takes real skill to make a film go down that smoothly. Filmmakers who aren’t up to the challenge wind up delivering clunky, soulless movies that are boring to boot. But Emmerich proved he could pull it off with 1996′s Independence Day, and now, two decades later, it seems that he’s done it again.

The friendly chemistry between Tatum and Foxx has been a real highlight of the trailers, so it’s nice to hear there’s much more where that came from in the actual movie. White House Down may not prove a classic for the ages, but I’m betting it’ll be a very pleasant way to spend two hours. The film lands in theaters June 28.

In Columbia Pictures’ White House Down, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

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