I was very pleasantly surprised by this action flick! I saw the previews and kind of rolled my eyes, but knew I would go see it because I love action films in general. Plus, you know, Morgan Freeman. I’ll see anything that man’s in. And I like Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, too, so it’s not like it would be a hardship to watch the movie.
One of the surprises was all the other actors I love that popped up that I had no idea were in the movie: Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, and Radha Mitchell. I knew Ashely Judd was in it, and I love her too, but she doesn’t really count because seriously, she’s in it for about 5 minutes. With such a stellar cast, it’s not a surprise for me to say yes, the acting all around was great.
So the premise is “Die Hard in the White House,” but this takes it a little beyond. You’ve got the lead suffering from PTSD and locked out of a job he loves because of it; a grieving father who’s also POTUS; and a surprisingly un-ambitious Speaker of the House thrust into a position of power. I really did like all of the characters and how much we saw of them as people instead of just characters, if you know what I mean.
The action was, naturally, awesome with lots of explosions, fights, and gun fights. Antoine Fuqua did a really great job with all of it. There was one spot that was wayyyy over-the-top, and you’ll know it when you see it, but other than that, the directing was just great. In that vein, the story itself was also well done with only one major flaw that I can speak to, but I won’t since I’m not spoiling and it doesn’t really effect enjoyment of the movie anyhow. I’ll come back to that in a ‘writer’s pet-peeve’ rant a few weeks from now when I’m sure most of you have seen this. The banter was really funny and well-timed, which goes to both the writing and acting. I don’t think a single joke misfired, which is hard to do in a action flick.
So yeah. Loved this movie and totally recommend it! Go and see it!