10 Terrible Films That Are Actually Awesome

10. White House Down

Columbia Pictures

Here’s the pitch: it’s Die Hard in the White House, with Channing Tatum taking out the villains that are threatening his daughter. Here’s the problem: White House Down opened 3 months after Olympus Has Fallen, which told the same story, only with more clichés and some bad CGI.

Lack of originality aside, White House Down has all the big bucks action sequences you’d expect from this sort of thing, and its sheer joy as no-think escapism leaves Olympus Has Fallen choking on its dust. If you want to see a car smash through the wall of the Oval Office and President Jamie Foxx take on his enemies with a rocket launcher, you need to see this movie.

Further fun is provided by a car chase on the White House lawn with helicopter gunships and machine guns and whatnot. If you still need convincing about the film’s merits, try sitting through a double bill of Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen instead.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'