They are also just mindless summer popcorn fare for the most part. But it's in the 90s here and I hate it so I like to spend my weekend days in a movie theater.
I went into White House Down with zero expectations, so I suppose it didn't disappoint. I still can't stand Jamie Foxx, regardless of his Tarantino status. But I don't mind Channing Tatum. Ever since 21 Jump Street I've been a bit obsessed. This movie had the awful corny dialogue and situations: Wacky White House tour guide who's all, Get your hands off the antiques! Little girl who is wise and brave beyond her years! Multi-layered government conspiracy! A crowd of people outside the White House who are cheering while tanks roll in and get in a firefight with the bad guys, as opposed to running in terror (or not being allowed within a 10 block radius in the first place)! I suppose there are worse ways to spend a summer day. Like outdoors. Also, Channing Tatum in a white tank top.
At least in World War Z people were acting as they would in real-life - freaking terrified of zombies. I really liked the zombies in this movie actually -- fast-moving, and swarming, like a wave of water rushing down a street. Pretty cool. But OMG the plot. You could tell there were tons of reshoots and script changes. The last 1/3 is cool - basically a huge we-have-to-get-through-a-bunch-of-zombies sequence - but it feels like a different movie from the globe-spanning catastrophe movie in the beginning. And the very end feels hella tacked on.
Basically, I sat through these movies and it was OK, but I don't plan to see either of them again, until they're on HBO 100 times a week and I can't escape them. Also, I plan to read - I know, read! - World War Z, mostly because I really think this zombiepocalypse thing could happen and I need to be prepared. I've already got a camp stove.