'White House Down'

While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. From "Independence Day" director Roland Emmerich and "The Amazing Spider-Man"'s writer James Vanderbilt in this Sony Pictures release.

Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

In theaters beginning Friday, June 28th, with mixed reviews:

CNN: 'satisfyingly stupid'

LA Times: "hard to believe, easy to enjoy"

Hollywood Reporter: "A self-referential nod to Independence Day notwithstanding, the director’s derivative gaze in White House Down turns mainly toward the Die Hard franchise. He adds a little Air Force One patriotic peril, some Lethal Weapon buddy banter and Homeland-style national security angst, resulting in an action thriller that doesn’t know when to quit. For the most part, though, it remains preposterously entertaining, which should make it a sturdy entry in the early-summer popcorn stakes."

Asked for his thoughts about the film, Mickey Nelson, who spent 28 years serving in the U.S. Secret Service as the assistant director for the Secret Service's Office of Protective Operations had this to say:

While "White House Down" may be the work of Hollywood screenwriters, Nelson, who was invited to an early screening, says there are elements of reality in the film.

"They recreated the East Wing, the West Wing, the Oval Office and the President's limo, and the duplications are unbelievable," Nelson told LiveScience. "Unless you knew you were watching a movie, you would think you are in the White House."

Anyone planning to see this one?

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