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Trailer Tuesdsay: Attack the White House

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Gerard Butler tries to save the President and more from the world of trailers.

Trailer Tuesdsay: Attack the White House

February is almost gone. Embrace the cold while you still can (if that's your thing). In the mean time, we have some more trailers to share with you as the week rolls along.

Olympus Has Fallen

What's funny about the film Olympus Has Fallen, due in theaters late March, is that movie is also coming out a few months later during the summer in the form of White House Down. Olympus stars Gerard Butler as a former member of the president's (Aaron Eckhart) security detail who is the only one that can save the commander in chief after a terrorist group takes over the White House and holds Ekhart hostage. White House Down stars Channing Tatum as a secret service agent who is the only one that can save the president (Jamie Foxx) from a paramilitary group that has taken over the White House.

Seriously, those are pretty much the same exact movie. I think C-Tates will end up being the winner in this battle of White House takeovers, since he and Jame Foxx will prove to be a bigger combo than Butler and Morgan Freeman (who plays the Speaker of the House). Plus, some of the dialogue in this trailer is painful stock action movie stuff. When Butler utters the phrase, "With all due respect, I'm the best hope you've got," I literally cringed.

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Grade: C+

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

This film is adapted from the 2007 novel by Moshin Hamid about a Pakistani (Riz Ahmed) man who finds himself caught between his Wall Street success, a kidnapping, and the pressures/expectations of his homeland in the wake of post-9/11 America. The trailer is beautifully constructed and the cast features favorites Liev Schrieber and Kiefer Sutherland. Kate Hudson's presence confuses me, but I'll wait and see with her.

The political and cultural messages appear strong in this one, and it seems like a movie meant to open up dialogues and really engage people. The trailer certainly had me thinking, that's for sure.

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Grade: B+

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