Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: James Vanderbilt
Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Channing Tatum saves the President (Jamie Foxx) and the country from an attack, while rescuing his own daughter. Yep, it’s one of those stories: forget logic and ignore Tatum’s seemingly superhuman ability to narrowly escape bullets and bullies. If you can do that, you’re in for a well-paced good time. The intricate plot is as terrifying as it is far fetched, but the cast is chocked with strong performers that help make it work. Most of the hand-to-hand action is a blur, but the big effects are cool. After all, Roland Emmerich (:Independence Day,” “2012) is directing. Mindless fun.
GAY ANGLE: Tatum ends up in a wife-beater, so we have to settle for his arms.
Melissa McCarthy got hot after “Bridesmaids,” which was directed by Paul Feig who also did this. She’s been on a roll since, but her style is wearing thin. She plays a rough, rowdy, renegade cop, who’s teamed up with a straight laced FBI agent (Sandra Bullock). This trite buddy cop pairing has potential for comic situations and there are some amusing, even funny moments. The dialogue is crammed with McCarthy’s foul-mouthed litany of insults and threats, but they’re simply too much. While the abuse sometimes produces laffs, the situations and writing is mostly contrived for best comic effect. Sadly, it fails more than it succeeds.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.