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Old 15-09-2013, 14:50
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Just got back from seeing this. Everything you'd expect from Roland Emmerich - absurd, over the top, cheesy, plot twists with signposts so large you could see them from space and a healthy dose of schmaltz as well.

But, hugely entertaining to boot.

Olympus has Fallen was far, far superior to this in every way, but this is certainly a fairly harmless way to spend a couple of hours.
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Old 15-09-2013, 15:42
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I've just seen this as well and I totally agree with the above poster.It is totally over the top but great mindless fun.I however have not seen Olympus Has Fallen so I can't see it compares to that!

I did read that White House Down flopped badly in the US when it was released over there.However its a decent film!

3/5
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Old 15-09-2013, 18:59
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I really enjoyed this film, total nonsense but in a good way.

The only bit I didn't like was the bit with the flag....you'll see!
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Old 15-09-2013, 19:52
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I really enjoyed this film, total nonsense but in a good way.

The only bit I didn't like was the bit with the flag....you'll see!
The flag part .. oh my god ..

It was slightly more cheesy than the "today is our independence day" speech by Bill Pullman from ID4 if that was even possible.
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Old 15-09-2013, 20:43
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Just got back from seeing this. Everything you'd expect from Roland Emmerich - absurd, over the top, cheesy, plot twists with signposts so large you could see them from space and a healthy dose of schmaltz as well.

But, hugely entertaining to boot.

Olympus has Fallen was far, far superior to this in every way, but this is certainly a fairly harmless way to spend a couple of hours.
Agree to a point...
Enjoyed this more then Olympus Has Fallen - which was equally OTT, but there was just more fun in White House Down...the title alone, has to hook you.

7/10
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Old 15-09-2013, 21:57
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I want to see this but heard it's not that good. Good to hear not everyone thinks that
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Old 15-09-2013, 22:51
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It's a poor man's Olympus has Fallen ... no more, no less.

Told from a slightly different perspective; same premise; same premises (haha); double-crossing baddie; unapologetically predictable.

But ... still worth a watch.
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Old 16-09-2013, 09:43
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I really did face palm at who was suposedly behind the take-over. I mean, really!

Also the flag scene nearly made me barf on my popcorn.

Overall, rather entertaining film that was pretty harmless. lol
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Old 16-09-2013, 09:51
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I thought the CGI on the helicopters when the president wanted to "do the thing" was very ropey - they almost looked like miniatures. But then that's another thing you almost expect from a Roland Emmerich film I suppose
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Old 19-09-2013, 00:09
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I saw this film tonight and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I'm really glad there was a lot of comedy in it too. A great film. I would definitely watch it again.
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Old 19-09-2013, 20:21
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Typical American really great effects awful it which probably explains why only about 15 people were in with me
Even if it was 3pm showing
Hilarious film tho
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Old 19-09-2013, 20:27
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I'm still laughing now at certain bits I loved how Channing had to be in a vest throughout most of it rather then his suit
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Old 20-09-2013, 00:46
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I agree with what everyone else has said really. I found a lot of the plot quite poorly thought out, whereas Olympus Has Fallen had at least attempted to address some realism (for example with several people needing to input their own codes - WHD apparently not).

I am quite surprised two extremely similar films were made/released in a shortish time frame. They were just identical in so many ways which was odd.
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Old 20-09-2013, 14:24
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Great OTT entertainment, but nothing more.

Worth a watch if you don't take your cinema going too seriously, but I didn't really get the point of releasing this a film such a short time after Olympus Has Fallen.
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Old 20-09-2013, 16:43
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I am quite surprised two extremely similar films were made/released in a shortish time frame. They were just identical in so many ways which was odd.
Great OTT entertainment, but nothing more.

Worth a watch if you don't take your cinema going too seriously, but I didn't really get the point of releasing this a film such a short time after Olympus Has Fallen.
I seem to remember this happening before in the late 90's, There were two films about volcanoes released near each other. One was called Volcano and the other was Dantes Peak. Then two films about a meteor hitting the earth were released in the same year namely Armageddon and Deep Impact.
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Old 20-09-2013, 17:54
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I seem to remember this happening before in the late 90's, There were two films about volcanoes released near each other. One was called Volcano and the other was Dantes Peak. Then two films about a meteor hitting the earth were released in the same year namely Armageddon and Deep Impact.
That's a very good point.

OK, I won't lie, I actually enjoyed Olympus Has Fallen & White House Down, but I just feel this is such a stupid thing to do & I just don't understand why film producers do things like this, as it seems to unnecessary to release such similar films in the bosom of each other.
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Old 21-09-2013, 12:21
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Hated it, and loved 'Olympus Has Fallen'.

Plot twists were obvious from a mile off.

Jamie Foxx was awful and Channing's daughter was one of the most irritating characters I've ever seen on the big screen.
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Old 23-09-2013, 19:58
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I was expecting it to be mediocre (I was almost put off from wanting to see it when I discovered that it was produced by the same people as "2012" and "The Day After Tomorrow") but it was much better than expected.

There were more twists than I expected, and the last twist came as a complete surprise to me. There was an obvious plot hole in the fact that Channing Tatum's character was obviously unsuitable for the job he was applying for, and (if his employment record was accurately described) he would not have had the ability or courage to do all the things he went on to do.

I didn't have great expectations (and before the film started I didn't even know if it was going to be about terrorists or aliens) but I was more than satisfied.
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Old 09-10-2013, 21:49
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im going to watch this later but im not expecting too much from it , i have seen OHF and that was not bad apart from being a bit OTT , im expecting this to be not as good but also very OTT
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Old 09-10-2013, 22:49
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OSF is better.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:08
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I watched both White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen a few weeks back and enjoyed them both.
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Old 10-10-2013, 17:21
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I must be in a minority here - but I thought Olympus has fallen was very so so. It was basically the plot of Die Hard put into a different location
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Old 10-10-2013, 17:46
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I must be in a minority here - but I thought Olympus has fallen was very so so. It was basically the plot of Die Hard put into a different location
Is that not a good thing?

Die Hard is one of the best action films ever & is now a classic.
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Old 10-10-2013, 18:46
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Just got back from seeing this. Everything you'd expect from Roland Emmerich - absurd, over the top, cheesy, plot twists with signposts so large you could see them from space and a healthy dose of schmaltz as well.

But, hugely entertaining to boot.

Olympus has Fallen was far, far superior to this in every way, but this is certainly a fairly harmless way to spend a couple of hours.
We are sitting here in the house watching it, it's utter shite, boring personal stuff and the oh keeps saying that the gyllenhall thing has to be the worst excuse for an actress ever.

Olympus has Fallen was far superior to this bile.
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Old 10-10-2013, 18:48
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Hated it, and loved 'Olympus Has Fallen'.

Plot twists were obvious from a mile off.

Jamie Foxx was awful and Channing's daughter was one of the most irritating characters I've ever seen on the big screen.
I keep shouting FFS shoot her in the head and the gyllenhall thing needs to go make the coffee and let the grown ups talk.

So happy I never paid to see this.
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