White House Down

Theatrical Release: June 27, 2013
White House Down


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.

Dove Review

This movie is very entertaining and fast moving. It is action-packed, suspenseful and contains several instances of humor and funny one-liners. It is a shame that strong violence and heavy language will prevent families from seeing it together.

During a tour of the White House John Cale (Channing Tatum) winds up unexpectedly aiding the President of the United States (Jamie Foxx) after terrorists attack from within. The problem is compounded as Cale’s daughter Emily (Joey King) is on the tour but separated from her father and finds herself in great jeopardy. One of the questions that emerge is: who is behind this White House takeover, a foreign power or a corrupt leader within the government? Could it possibly be a trusted friend of the President? Emily holds the President as a hero and when he learns her life is in danger he does everything in his power along with her dad to get her back from the bad guys. The film features a certain brand of humor such as the President aiming a rifle at a bad guy that is about to take out a loyal man that has been protecting him. The President takes out his glasses and puts them on and then promptly shoots the terrorist!

Despite the themes of loyalty and a father’s love for his child, this one definitely falls short of being a family friendly movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: An outline of a couple making love in a motel room, image is seen from a distance and is not graphic but the outline is recognizable.
Language: A lot of language, too numerous to count but it includes several utterances of GD, J/JC, an utterance of the "F" bomb and a "Go to H" comment as well as a slang use for testicles.
Violence: A lot of violence; people are shot throughout the film and many in the head although there is comparatively little blood but definitely some instances of blood on bodies; explosions and helicopters are downed and burst into flames; an explosion sends officers flying in the flames; fights and punches are thrown and a young girl is punched in the face; bombs explode.
Drugs: A man takes prescription medication.
Nudity: None
Other: Traitors; disrespect toward leaders.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Director: Roland Emmerich
Producer: Roland Emmerich
Genre: Action
Runtime: 131 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter