Die Hard in the White House
, 17 Apr 2013
The title refers to the Secret Service code phrase meaning the White House has been infiltrated by terrorist forces and that these enemies now control it.
In scenes of mass destruction involving an airplane (reminiscent of 9/11), the White House is attacked by rogue North Korean forces and the President is captured and held hostage. All of the security staff are killed except for Gerard Butler who manages to remain hidden in the building, picking of the baddies one by one until the ultimate (and very predictable) final showdown with the gang's leader, who plans the nuclear annihilation of the USA. The terrorists are suitably merciless (well of course they are, they're North Koreans) and there are many, many shoot-outs and explosions. But hang on, doesn't this sound all too familiar? Yes, it's Die Hard under another guise, and Butler is the new John McClane. Still, McClane never got to save the whole of the USA, did he? Maybe in Die Hard 6. I don't think we'll be seeing an Olympus 2, but you never know.
Morgan Freeman has a more prominent role here than in Oblivion, his other film that's still showing in cinemas, but it's bad news for Radha Mitchell and Ashley Judd. Not long ago they would have been first or second in the cast list, now they are way down with the also-rans. The early scenes are certainly exciting enough, but it does tend to run out steam and being set mainly in one building and in semi-darkness makes it a bit claustrophobic after a while. Gerard Butler is a better hero than Bruce Willis's John McClane though.
Format: Cinema - Odeon Digital 8000 HD
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