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9 reasons White House Down is the best Die Hard movie in nearly 20 years

We finally got around to watching White House Down and I must tell you:  it’s the best Die Hard movie since Die Hard with a Vengeance.  So, how can one tell that White House Down is a Die Hard movie?  Let’s make a list!

1. Off duty cop?  CHECK.
In White House Down, Channing Tatum plays an off duty cop, just like Bruce Willis in all of the Die Hard movies.

2. Wrong place, wrong time?  CHECK.
In most cop movies, the cops are investigating a crime – see nearly every cop movie ever made for examples of this.  But in a Die Hard Movie, you get thrown into a situation and it goes bad.  REAL BAD.  Just like this movie.

3. “Now I have a machine gun.  Ho, ho, ho.”
It’s a small but important box; Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis both take the guns off their dead enemies.

4. Wow, Jamie Foxx lost a shoe; oh and there’s another shoe gag!
In the first Die Hard movie, Bruce Willis is shoe-less; they lightly hint at this when Jamie Foxx uses a dress shoe to stop an elevator gear and then again when he goes to his closet and decides to put on athletic shoes to replace his lost shoe.

5. Damsel in distress revealed as protagonist’s immediate family?    CHECK.
Channing Tatum’s daughter (who was quite good, by the way) equals Bruce Willis’ wife/daughter/son.

6. Shooting lots of security guards?    CHECK.
So many widowed security guards in these movies.  BIG CHECK!

7. Money!
Some of the terrorists think this is all about money, but others are in it for the revolution.  So, it’s not exactly like the first Die Hard, but it’s pretty close, especially because…

8. Computer hacker!    CHECK.
Ah, the witty computer hacker.  Several Die Hard movies have this guy and White House Down has this guy in spades via Jimmi Simpson.

9. Tour guide, limo driver…  whatever.    CHECK.
They both provide levity; more so the tour guide, but whatever, same dude.

Yeah, this really would have been a fitting finale to the Die Hard series, but oh well – this movie died pretty hard, and that’s what I’m looking for in my Die hard movies – not like this other one.  Anyway, check out White House Down; it’s a little too long, but if you like Die Hard, you’ll get a kick out of this.  I’m giving it a 8 out of 10.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on February 3, 2014, in lists, movie review and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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