Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia
kidnapping / kidnappers
courage / bravery / self-sacrifice
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Gerard Butler … Mike Banning
Aaron Eckhart … President Benjamin Asher
Morgan Freeman … Speaker Trumbull
Angela Bassett … Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs
Melissa Leo … Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
Radha Mitchell … Leah
Ashley Judd … Margaret Asher
Dylan McDermott … Forbes
Rick Yune … Kang
Cole Hauser … Roma
Phil Austin … Vice President Charlie Rodriguez
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|Director||Antoine Fuqua—“Training Day” (2001), “The Equalizer” (2014)|
Nu Image Films
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|Distributor||FilmDistrict, Millennium Films|
“They’ve taken the White House.”
Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) was a head of President Benjamin Asher’s (Aaron Eckhart) secret service security team. He had friendship with the leader of the country and his wife and son. Until one snowy night on their way to a routine fundraiser banquet, tragedy struck. A car accident claimed the life of the First Lady (Ashley Judd). Mike Banning was unable to save her, and that caused him to be reassigned from the President’s detail, to his lasting regret. After 18 months of working for the treasury, on a typical day, the White House is taken over by Korean terrorists; Banning is the only one left who can save the President.
As a fan of Gerard Butler and Angela Bassett, I really wanted to see this film. I wasn’t disappointed, overall, the film is well done. The acting is quite satisfactory, and Butler and Eckhart’s performance is great and very compelling. A recently widowed President, an ex-security personnel looking for redemption, their roles are well conveyed and received by the viewing audience. Bassett and Morgan Freeman did adequate jobs, as well. The plot is straight and to the point, easy to understand and follow.
Now to the objectionable content, sadly there is plenty. The most offensive is the violence; people are shown being graphically shot, stabbed and beat up. It was almost too much for my sensibilities. In addition is the profane and vulgar language; sadly, this has become a trademark of most secular films, regardless of content—the gratuitous blasphemy of the Lord’s name. The film is exciting, but it would have been far better without the vulgarity and profanity.
The film deals with timely themes (terrorists, war, civil unrest), all which can fill us with fear, doubt, and unsettling longing for hope in the midst of it all. As Christians, we have nothing to truly fear.
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” —Psalm 56:3-4
The film also deals with redemption. This is connected with fear, because of our redemption through the blood of Christ Jesus, that cast out fear and gives us everlasting hope.
As for a recommendation, I like the film, but the violence is on the extreme side, and the repeated blasphemy brings the film down, and made it difficult to truly enjoy, for me.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme— “Jesus Christ” (2), “Jesus” (2), “For Chr*st’s sakes,” “G*d-d*mn” (4), “My G*d” (3),“God,” OMG, f-words (36+), s-words (13), “hell” (12), ass (7) including some “assh*le,” SOB / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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