Gerard Butler stars in one of the more ridiculous action films you will see this year. He’s a Secret Service agent on duty the night something very bad happens to the president (Aaron Eckhart), and he winds up with a desk job. When some nasty North Koreans hilariously infiltrate the White House and hold the president and his cabinet hostage in the bunker, it’s time for Gerard to dispense with the paper clips and pick up an automatic weapon! Yes, it’s Die Hard in the White House, or at least it wants to be. There’s some fun to be had here, but the movie has some tragic flaws, including terrible CGI and mawkish patriotic crap that distracts instead of making the heart swell (Melissa Leo screaming the Pledge of Allegiance as she is dragged to certain death comes to mind). You aren’t going to catch me calling this a good movie, but I won’t fault you for enjoying it to some degree if you choose to see it. It’s one of those “so bad it’s almost good” movies.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Producer: Alan Siegel, Ed Cathell III, Danny Lerner, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson
Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd, Rick Yune, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Finley Jacobsen, Cole Hauser, Phil Austin, James Ingersoll, Freddy Bosche, Lance Broadway, Sean O'Bryan, Keong Sim, Kevin Moon, Malana Lea, Robert Forster and Sam Medina