Written March 22, 2013
Great special effects, fine acting by an A-list cast, a good edge of your seat popcorn munching thriller, very much in a good versus bad old-school way. However, it is also formulaic and very predictable, right down to the final mano a mano duking out between the pro- and antagonist. The only thing missing is one of them growling "we both knew it would come to this!" just before throwing the first punch. I'd say it's worth a matinee look, but if you're paying full evening price, there are better choices for your $.
Written March 04, 2015
This movie was an intense 2 hours. Some actions sequences were over computerized but overall quality (on the bloody side). Cast & characters were great. Gerard Butler held the muscle role well. Plot was a little far fetched. I give this movie a 7.5. If you like action films, see it!
Written September 30, 2014
OK, I will start by saying this movie is loaded with bad language and extreme violence, but that is to be expected, it is Rated R. All that said, the action is nonstop, with a few twists here and there (one of them being rather predictable). Gerard Butler is excellent, doing his american accent to perfection LOL, and playing the rough and tough guy very well. Aaron Eckhart is also terrific, as is Morgan Freeman and others. The casting is successful. I went into the movie thinking ok, I am looking forward to action, but also believing there is no real way this could ever happen. Though some of it is unrealistic, you still can see how it is possible that our white house is more vulnerable than we think. That makes the movie more enjoyable, but opens up a different can of worms ;)
Written October 25, 2014
Not as bad as most critics said but not as good as it might have been. A good (if pretty violent) two hours of action entertainment.
Written January 27, 2015
This movie was so packed full of craziness! I truly believe the men in and around the White House and the President would never allow this to really happen! Although the story line was close to how really insane others may be no matter where they are from. Morgan Freeman is always, always great in every movie I have ever seen with him in it! I would vote him for President any day! Aaron Eckhart is an incredibly striking President! I'd vote for him just on his family values in the movie! Gerard Butler, the newest 'bad***' action hero in my book! He as a ex-Special Forces, American military man is phenomenal! Angela Basset, beautiful, and not one to be reckoned with, knows the person on the inside! Melissa Leo is a bad*** patriot and awesome!! I would see this again and will add to my DVD collection!!