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200 words on White House Down

Channing Tatum does it again—nothing. I don’t get him. Like some people didn’t get Jim Carrey in the 90s. Or how some people don’t get Ryan Gosling today. Tatum isn’t a bad actor, I just never feel like he brings anything to a role. Though I can’t say that someone else could have done much to fix the film’s flaws. And the script isn’t always the culprit this time. I kept thinking that there’s a fantastic 24 movie buried among the jokes that never work and the immensely mediocre CGI. White House Down, Green Screens Up! Seriously, many of the films most intense scenes looked like they were shot on sound stages. Which wouldn’t be bad if it didn’t look that way. Another pet peeve of mine is when a “good guy” character is introduced but because of stupid casting or poor writing it’s immediately obvious that THEY’RE ACTUALLY A BAD GUY. I can’t remember a more specific instance of me thinking that than when Jeff Bridges walked on screen in Iron Man with his evil bald head and even more evil beard. Overall, the film could have been significantly improved with a director who took it more seriously.