Roland Emmerich blew up the White House in Independence Day (1996) and does the same to the Capitol Dome here; now the only branch of government he's got left is the Supreme Court, and those people can't run very fast. In this hard-charging, fairly digestible thriller, a Capitol policeman (Channing Tatum) takes his daughter on a White House tour and must come to the aid of the president (Jamie Foxx) during a military assault on the building. Politically, Emmerich fakes toward the blue states (Foxx, an obvious Obama stand-in, wants to pull American forces out of the Middle East) before pitching to the red (by the end the commander-in-chief has learned how to fire a rocket launcher). But the lavish spectacle of Washington coming unglued may have its most eager audiences overseas, where a movie like this really pulls in the bucks. With James Woods, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Richard Jenkins.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Producer: Bradley Fischer, Harald Kloser, James Vanderbilt, Larry Franco, Laeta Kalogridis, Ute Emmerich, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, James Woods, Joey King, Nicolas Wright, Jimmi Simpson, Michael Murphy, Rachelle Lefevre, Lance Reddick, Matt Craven, Jake Weber, Peter Jacobson, Barbara Williams, Kevin Rankin, Garcelle Beauvais and Falk Hentschel