White House Down

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Director Roland Emmerich, who previously laid waste to our nation's capital in "Independence Day" and "2012" does so yet again in this fast-paced thriller about domestic terrorists who take over the executive mansion. A security officer (Channing Tatum) heads to the White House for a Secret Service job interview, bringing his politically obsessed young daughter (Joey King) in tow. Caught up in the attack, Dad must help the president (Jamie Foxx) evade the bad guys and survive. Though weighty international issues are discussed along the way, they take a back seat to unabashed patriotism and the portrayal of heroic sacrifice for neighbor, family and country.

Watch out for: Much intense but mostly bloodless violence, a fleeting sexual image, occasional crude and profane language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.¬¬

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013