Take Olympus Has Fallen, for instance, starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart. Though I managed to avoid it, mostly because I am still nursing my war wounds from A Good Day to Die Hard, I pretty much knew the drill--the White House becomes under a terrorist attack and it's up to one man to save all their lives (including, apparently, the lives of the useless secret service men who surround the premises). I figured it was a rental.
Just days after Olympus grabbed the #2 spot at the box office, it is immediately followed by the trailer for its sister film, WHITE HOUSE DOWN. And you can just imagine my indifference to this duplicate high-octane movie where the president and and his men are compromised. What's up with Hollywood's fascination with dissolving the White House? From what I heard over the blogosphere, Olympus wasn't well received critically (but the action scenes were reportedly "CRAZY"), so what makes them think that this Oval Office thriller will be any better?
Well, I'm sure they're hoping that Jamie Foxx, fresh from his titular role in the Oscar-winning film Django Unchained, will be a draw in the role of the POTUS himself. The supposed savior of the movie? Channing Tatum.... And just like that, any smidgen of hope I had for the film just went up in flames.
Rather than reiterating my utter bewilderment in regards to Tatum's career, I'm just going to share the official synopsis of the film for your benefit. Read about it after the jump (from Collider):
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.
I don't know why they don't just call it Olympus Has Fallen 2: The New Batch, but whatever. Filmmaker Roland Emmerich, director of other disaster films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day and 2012, helmed the project. And screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac) penned the script.
Note: I did not care for The Amazing Spider-Man, but can at least say The Day After Tomorrow, Zodiac and Independence Day are all good credits to have under your belt.
What do you think? Will you seen WHITE HOUSE DOWN when it comes to theaters June 28th?
White House Down - Trailer No. 1