A vile propagandistic action flick that shamelessly indulges fears of terrorism while also failing on a basic narrative level.
I’m “biast” (con): the trailer looked ridiculous
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
An orgy of eroto-terrorism kicks off the vile propaganda — here comes meanie North Korea to slaughter American innocents and take over the White House — which then morphs into a bungled thriller packed with laughable personal motivations and basic narrative failings that make it seem as if entire essential scenes are missing. But never mind! It’s all just a buddy bromance keyed to getting former Secret Service agent Gerard Butler to reunite with his best boy, President Aaron Eckhart, who will finally forgive him for letting the First Lady die a horrible death in a road accident. Good times.