Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
When tragedy on an icy bridge takes the life of the First Lady (Ashley Judd), Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) blames himself for only being able to save the President (Aaron Eckhart). 18 months later and Banning is no longer doing secret service work due to the personal demons it brings with it. That is until North Korean terrorists invade and capture “Olympus” (aka the White House) during the visit of the South Korean Prime Minister. The terrorists take the White House by force, leaving everyone dead except for the top executives, including the President, and lock them in the “bunker” together in hopes of creating chaos around the globe. With the Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) acting as President, Banning is the only man left alive on the inside and the only hope the United States has to save the President.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Shooter, Training Day, Tears of the Sun), Olympus Has Fallen is an action/suspense ride that will entertain from beginning to end. It’s all-star cast helps a lot but the script is actually thrilling and presented well. The fact that it is the White House and the President being hit directly adds more emotion into the watch as every American will feel passion for the mission. Just like Fuqua’s other films, this is gritty and some of the violence is more gruesome than you would expect, but it helps even more to create tension during a series situation. At the end of the day, this type of movies isn’t anything new or different script wise, but it sure does its job well and worth the watch. Co-starring Rick Yune, Melissa Leo, Cole Hauser, Radha Mitchell, Dylan McDermott, and Robert Forster.
8/10 Stars – This film will entertain the action fans out there from beginning to end.
Olympus Has Fallen is a disturbing possibility brought to life in this non-stop action movie that will have you on the edge of your seat. I am an action film junkie and this film is exactly what fuels my habit. There is probably less than 10 minutes without some sort of action. The great thing about that is that all of it is well done and so it doesn’t get old or repetitive over the 2 hour span. This film will hit close to home for a lot of people, I am definitely one of them. Having spent my child hood in the D.C. area and visited there more weekends than I can remember I thought I audibly gasped as part of the Washington Monument came crashing down. Not to mention the jaw dropping devastation that befalls the White House. All if it was so real you have the need to google it on your phone when you leave the theater just to make sure everything is still intact in Washington D.C. I think casting Gerard Bulter was a good call for this one. He has the kick ass edge with a stable and strong side the character called for. Aaron Eckhart as the American President was a no brainer. In fact I think he has played a President in something else before but then I can’t remember what so maybe not. Don’t expect a twist or surprise ending. After killing so many and destroying American icons the heroes had better walk away and the bad guys best be dead or the audience would be yelling at the screen – okay maybe not everyone but I sure would have.
9/10 Stars – Absolutely loved it! But then with Morgan Freeman in it what is not to love.
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