WHITE HOUSE DOWN (PG-13 130 minutes)
Think of it as Die Hard in the White House, because that was the way it was pitched, I’m sure. This is the second film in 4 months to feature terrorists taking control of the Presidents home. Based on his past work, I’m going to give Emmerich’s film the edge over Olympus has Fallen, which came out in March.
Hot off of his heroic portrayal of the titular character in Django Unchained, Jamie Foxx goes from gunslinger to politics as the President who has his home invaded and his Government held hostage. Hot off of 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, Channing Tatum plays the D.C cop who is in the right place at the wrong time and helps the President take back his house.
Based on early reviews, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that is a good thing. When these kinds of films try to play their absurd plots with a straight face, the results can be disastrous.
This could be a very entertaining ride, with a lot of wisecracks, lots of fist fights and a whole lot of explosions. And in the heat of summer, what more could you ask for?
Opens Friday everywhere.
THE HEAT (R 117 minutes)
In the summer of 2011, director Paul Feig hit box-office gold with Bridesmaids. It took a tried and true concept, the raunchy sex comedy, and gave it a fresh spin by making the stars of the film woman. It’s strange to think about, but that had never really been done before.
This summer, he is giving an update to another tried and true concept, the buddy cop genre. Outside of 21 Jump Street, we really haven’t had a buddy cop film of any kind in quite a while. By making the cops woman, it gives the concept an added bit of edge.
Sandra Bullock plays an uptight FBI agent and Melissa McCarthy plays a loose cannon Boston cop. They must team up and get over their petty differences to take down a major drug lord.
I can already tell you that they will hate each other when they meet, they will argue over the stupidest things and slowly, they will come to a truce in order to get the job done and by the end of the 2nd act, they will be friends and go and get the job done. By the time the end credits roll, they will be best friends.
I can tell you all of that and I haven’t seen a minute of the film. I can tell you that because that is how the buddy cop genre works. Watch Lethal Weapon and you can see that very structure work itself out. I’m not saying its a bad thing, just that its done that way.
In a film like this, the villain is not important. The only thing that is important is the chemistry between the leads. Based just on the trailers I’ve seen, I think this film will work like gangbusters.
Both leads are smart and funny and they both throw themselves into their roles, so this could be a nice ride, even though you know the destination.
Getting there is half the fun.
Opens Friday everywhere
Until next time, keep the projector threaded.