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White House Down (12A)

Directed by Richard Emmerich/Four stars

An African-American president, a G8 summit, vengeful veterans, political traitors and an attack on the White House while a former security man is looking for a redemption.

Sounds familiar? Currently we have of course the frightening real-life scenario as the US promotes paranoia to legitimise an illegal attack on Syria.

In White House Down Channing Tatum makes a credible action man who, while visiting the Washington pile with his daughter, is suddenly drawn into combating an attempt to take the president (Jamie Foxx) hostage

It's been dismissed in the US as anti-patriotic and you can see why. Apart from seeing the White House blown up, it's a hilarious satire on the current state of a nation seemingly determined on suicide.

Jeff Sawtell

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