About three weeks ago, I saw a couple of actors on a talk show, telling about their upcoming movie defending the White House when there is an attack on it, and a wannabe Secret Service agent not assigned to the President gets caught up in the threat. They seemed to have a good rapport and made the movie look reasonably entertaining. They had a short clip that looked good, as well. So, when I went to see Olympus Has Fallen last weekend -- as you're recall, about defending the White House when there is an attack on it, and a wannabe Secret Service agent not assigned to the President gets caught up in the threat -- that's what I expected, the movie the two actors had just been promoting a few weeks earlier. And as I noted the other day, I was only semi-moderately entertained, and felt more assaulted than having fun.
It turns out what I saw being promoted three weeks ago -- it's another movie entirely. The two actors were Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum. And the movie was the similarly-titled, White House Down. As far as I can tell, the plots overlap, as well, it's just that one is outside terrorists, the other (White House Down) is a domestic threat. I suspect the plots have other difference, but still.
Hey, no wonder I was so disoriented by the movie I saw. And at least I now have a second chance to enjoy the movie I thought I was going to enjoy. (More on that in a moment.)
By the way, you may know this. If so, you're probably laughing yourself silly at me by now...
I really should pay attention to credits more closely, I guess. But the thing is, when there's a movie I know I want to see, I intentionally don't pay much attention to it. I don't want to know the plot, I really don't want to know who all the cast is. If I'm going to go, I want the pleasure of discovery.
Boy, howdy, did I ever make a discovery last weekend. The problem is that, although White House Down looks much more entertaining for my taste, with the rapport between the two actors, a less-brutal plot and Roland Emmerich directing -- known for grandiosity, yes, but not assaulting his audiences, more a case of sweep -- I'm not sure if I can sit through another Attack on the White House Movie. We'll see -- the good news is that it's not scheduled to open until June 28, so I have time to recover.
In the end, I think that's a large part of why I got flummoxed. I just figured that a movie being promoted at the beginning of March would be released three weeks later -- not four months!
By the way, did you know that they just brought back The Wizard of Oz in a new, updated print?! It's odd though -- when I saw it the other week, some of the cast didn't look familiar. I always thought the main character was the little girl, not the wizard. Oh, well, I guess that's what happen when you convert a regular movie to 3D. Things just look different...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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