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White House Down
(2013)
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Composed and Produced by:
Thomas Wanker
Harald Kloser

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Brett

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 23rd, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if zoning out to dull and ineffectual Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker music is your idea of a pleasantly brainless background listening experience.

Avoid it... if you're hoping for these men to snap out of their funk with this, their fifth Roland Emmerich project and yet another example of timid intent and compositional ineptitude.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,391
WRITTEN 7/19/13
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White House Down: (Thomas Wanker/Harald Kloser) When they say "timing is everything," that definitely applies to your blockbuster movie if another nearly identical one has debuted just a few months earlier. In the case of Roland Emmerich's summer 2013 entry, White House Down, a very similar storyline was released in the form of Olympus Has Fallen, featuring a far better cast, in the spring of 2013. Not surprisingly, for films that similarly feature assaults on America's top leadership and hostage-takers in the White House, Olympus Has Fallen fulfilled audience expectations and left few profits for White House Down; while both films suffered from critical disbelief resulting from tremendously stupid fallacies of logic, the latter one was a particular fiscal disaster given that it cost more than twice as much to produce. In White House Down, Jamie Foxx plays the young black American president who is attempting to negotiate world peace, and that premise alone should cause appropriate eye-rolling. Traitors within the government, aided by mercenaries, gain access to and take control of the White House. Along the way, they kill countless members of the administration, destroy the U.S. Capitol building and Air Force One, and prepare to initiate war on American enemies. Just as in Olympus Has Fallen, a down-and-out man of the law, in this case on a White House tour at the time of the assault, has to rescue the president and thus save the free world. Never mind the fact that world markets would collapse with such action anyway, causing destruction arguably as detrimental as a nuclear launch. The asininity of these White House assault films is truly mind-boggling, but then again, with White House Down we're dealing with Emmerich, for whom historical accuracy and geo-political reality has never really mattered. His poor decisions extend to the music for his more recent films, those after his disagreement with David Arnold left him with the Austrian duo of Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker for each of his projects since The Day After Tomorrow in 2004. Kloser has been involved as a writer and/or producer in a few of these Emmerich films, though for White House Down he opts for producing and composing only. His normal associate, Wanker, who changed his name to "Wander" a few years ago but will remain "Wanker" for Filmtracks' database purposes, started being credited with primary composing duties as of 2011's Anonymous.



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Average: 2.18 Stars
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**** 10 4 Stars
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* 39 1 Stars
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FVSR Reviews White House Down
Brendan Cochran - June 8, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
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Isn't his surname "Wander" not "Wanker"?   Expand >>
Tony - August 12, 2013, at 9:15 a.m.
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Newest: August 15, 2013, at 4:19 p.m. by
Richard Kleiner
Regarding that poor Guys' Name
Solaris - August 10, 2013, at 6:35 a.m.
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search & replace
cs^tbl - August 10, 2013, at 2:38 a.m.
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - August 10, 2013, at 1:59 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:25
• 1. White House Down Opening Theme (4:51)
• 2. Birdfeeder (1:25)
• 3. Arrival at the White House (1:44)
• 4. Give Me a Chance (1:56)
• 5. Let's Go (3:45)
• 6. Elevator Chase (2:08)
• 7. Work to Do (1:09)
• 8. Satellite Phone (1:38)
• 9. Fighting Vadim (1:28)
• 10. Emily is on TV (1:44)
• 11. Dumbwaiter (1:29)
• 12. Facial Recognition (1:48)
• 13. Daughters & Finnerty's Plan (2:26)
• 14. Which Direction (2:23)
• 15. Cale's on the Roof (0:47)
• 16. We Are a Go (1:06)
• 17. Ground Impact Confirmed (2:26)
• 18. You Have 8 Minutes (1:16)
• 19. After the Fire (1:27)
• 20. Gonna Shoot Me? (1:52)
• 21. Two Minutes to Target (1:29)
• 22. White House Down End Theme (2:52)
• 23. Chevy Knights (Mickey & Mallory) - performed by He Met Her (4:01)

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