It’s Die Hard in the White House!
Gerard Butler as a defrocked security guard gets to redeem himself by singlehandedly battling North Korean baddies who have kidnapped the Prez (Aaron Eckhart) and are trashing the White House.
The plot has its share of “aw c’mon” moments. I mean, who would have dreamed Presidential security was so porous?
However, you gotta give it up for novice screenwriters Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt for coming up with some new villains for Hollywood action heroes to shoot at. Usually, it’s Middle Eastern terrorists and/or mercenaries funded by some super wealthy Dr. Evil and/or those ever popular Russkies (these days, however, the Russian Mafia seems to have replaced those cunning Commies.)
Of course, rudimentary screenplays are director Antoine Fuqua’s specialty . Yes, I know he directed Training Day. But he also has Brooklyn’s Finest, Replacement Killers and Tears of the Sun on his resume so don’t expect too much from this okay action thriller
Fortunately, the film-makers have frontloaded the flick with dependable A-listers (look, pa, it’s Morgan Freeman!) and solid. whats-his-face character actors (like Ziploc or Zelko, whatever, he was on both True Blood and Damages ) to carry the movie over most of the rough spots.