In the worst case security scenario at the centre of the U.S. Government, how convenient would it be to have a man on in the inside?
John Cale (Channing Tatum) is an ex-soldier, assigned to protect Speaker Of The House, Eli Raphelson (Richard Jenkins), when he would much rather be part of President James Sawyer’s (Jamie Foxx) Secret Service detail.
An interview for promotion conducted by Carol Finnerty (Maggie Gyllenhaal) goes badly and John licks his wounds by joining his daughter Emily (Joey King) on a guided tour of the White House just as a heavily armed paramilitary group led by Emil Stenz (Jason Clarke) prepares to take control of the building.
A devastating blast beneath the US Capitol rotunda signals the start of the hostilities and Stenz and his men sweep through rooms and corridors, shooting guards until the perimeter and hostages are secure. With the President’s life in the balance, Vice-President Alvin Hammond (Michael Murphy) takes to the skies with his team aboard Air Force One. A military solution to the crisis is considered but John does what he has to do to protect his daughter - grabs a gun and takes on the bad guys.