MOVIES can sometimes be like buses – you wait for one and then several turn up at the same time.
This is the case with White House Down.
The film stars Channing Tatum as a cop who has to rescue US President Jamie Foxx after the White House is taken over by terrorists.
For me, a great idea and one I could not wait to see on screen.
It was a shame, though, that I already had seen it, only a few months in the form of Gerard Butler film Olympus Has Fallen.
I can remember a similar situation occurring more than a decade ago when asteroid disaster movies Armageddon and Deep Impact were released only weeks apart.
I know this often cannot be helped, but it did take a little bit of the shine off what are two very good movies.
I reviewed Olympus Has Fallen in the Mail and really enjoyed it.
The plot of White House down, while similar, does have some differences and the film does opt for a different approach to Olympus Has Fallen.
With the latter being aimed at an older audience, it was allowed to be more violent on screen, whereas White House Down takes a different approach.
With a 12A rating, it has more of a summer blockbuster feel to it and often puts humour to good use.
Despite this, it must be said that it still does contain a decent amount of violence, action scenes and baddies being killed in a variety of ways.
In its bid to build up Tatum’s lead character, the film does take a while to get going as it sets the scene around his bid to become a secret service agent, and also his desperation to impress his young daughter, who for many years he has neglected.
After a slow start, the film gathers pace as terrorists take the White House and Tatum is the only thing that stands between them and the President.
I have to admit that I am not the greatest Tatum fan.
His performances in other films have been wooden (and that is being kind) at the very best, and I have never truly understood the clamour for him to make it as a Hollywood leading man.
However, in this movie he plays his part really well, is great with Joey King, who is excellent as his daughter, and handles the action scenes very well.
But there is still quite a way to go before he takes over from the likes of Bruce Willis as an action heavyweight.
Jamie Foxx channels Barack Obama as the President of the United States in the film and is one of the best things in it.
He is believable in the role and manages to tread the fine line between dramatic and comedic performance.
James Woods and Jason Clarke (who people may recognise from the excellent but short-lived TV show Chicago Code) also excel during their time on screen.
Many will no doubt see some of the twists and turns coming, but there are still one or two welcome surprises.
Overall it was a very good summer blockbuster that was funny, and contained some good performances and solid action scenes.
If I had to choose, I think Olympus Has Fallen may just shade it because of the excellent, dramatic scene when terrorists took over the White House.
But both are well worth a watch and neither film is hindered by being released so close together.
As the summer blockbuster season ends for another year, White House Down makes sure it goes out on a high.