Olympus Has Fallen 2013

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When unidentified aircraft is spotted approaching the White House, the Secret Service rush the President, his cabinet and visiting officials to the safety of the presidential bunker. But will this be sanctuary enough? As the Oval office and its environs sustain an aerial and ground attack, disgraced former U.S. Secret Service man, Mike Banning, thinks not. Using his insider knowledge, Banning breaches the White House‚s increasingly compromised security to discover that the President is now a hostage‚¶ What can one man do? The all star ensemble cast is directed by the award winning director of Training Day, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter and Brooklyn‚s Finest, Antoine Fuqua. Olympus Has Fallen is produced by Mark Gill, Ed Cathall and Gerard Butler joined by Avi Lerner as executive producer, whilst original music was composed by Emmy award winning Trevor Morris.

Starring:
Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 59 minutes
Starring Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd, Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart, Cole Hauser, Melissa Leo, Morgan Jaye Williams, Dylan McDermott
Director Antoine Fuqua
Genres Thriller
Studio LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 August 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 59 minutes
Starring Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd, Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart, Cole Hauser, Melissa Leo, Morgan Jaye Williams, Dylan McDermott
Director Antoine Fuqua
Genres Thriller
Studio LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 August 2013
Main languages English

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stu on 1 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In a few years time Hollywood will be able to type into a supercomputer all the generic ingredients of a modern-day blockbuster - mixing Die-hard movies with shades of Independence Day and lesser known-B-movie Segal offerings - and the computer will make the movie ready for mass release. No originality, no creativity, high on jingoism, bereft of any lasting impression.

In fact, they don't need the computer, they're happy to do it with real writers. Movies have reached the level of the cinema confectionary kiosk - different named chocolate bars but pretty much the same product. I wonder what the people giving five stars to this movie would give 2001 or Citizen Kane or The French Connection ... eight, nine ten stars...?

Do we really need another film that ends with a group of US politicians and army generals high-fiving in a command centre? Hardly original stuff for all the cash spent. At least John McClane in Die Hard had a sense of self-irony and a cutting quip to keep things rolling along with some style and all-important humour . That film shows the importance of casting a likable charismatic lead. Gerard Butler is pretty generic unfortunately - he could be swapped for any other "in" action star and the results would be much the same. But that's how the computer would create it. It's sad to say actual thinking brains have turned this one out. As an action film it's two stars: solid action but no chances taken by the writer to do something original and clever - as if he's writing the script in his sleep. When the action starts it keeps up the level you'd expect but of course we've seen all this type of imagery before. It is what it is - one-dimensional patriotism showered in a hail of bullets.
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By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 28 April 2015
Format: Blu-ray
I don’t know why I was hesitant to watch this film because it was one of the most entertaining romps I’ve had in many weeks. Lots of films recently have been testing to sit through, or very steady paced thrillers and dramas, so it was nice to find a balls-to-the-walls action film that did nothing but serve up that sort of 90s nonsense you just don’t get much of nowadays.

From the off, this is a wonderfully obvious ‘Die Hard’ rip-off/homage/clone but taking an idea from the benchmark of action films of the 80s isn’t a bad thing. One man, Mike Banning, played actually far better than I expected from Gerard Butler, is the only hope to save the President, America and the world against the odds of Korean terrorists before time runs out! It’s chaotic, it’s brutal and suspenseful. Something about it just worked for me, but I can’t put my finger on it. I think because it didn’t try to be something it’s not; it’s an action film where the laws of logic don’t apply and our hero faces impossible odds, but we never question it because if we did that then many action films wouldn’t be half of what they are.

One surprising factor which made this more engrossing with the maturity that director Antoine Fuqua directs with in making this a decent “adult” action film, rather than a watered down “G.I Joe” effort. Our characters are pretty by the book but they are good enough to like, and bad enough to hate – it’s a clear line between the all-American heroes and the nasty villains, playing something right out of the classic good v bad thrillers like ‘Air Force One’ or, yes, ‘Die Hard’. Except, in this case, our villain, Rick ‘Die Another Day’ Yune gives another 1-dimensional performance with very little about him to get behind as a memorable villain apart from he’s a nasty little s***.
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78 of 94 people found the following review helpful By John Milton on 29 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
I have to be honest, I really wasn't expecting much when I went along to see this film. However, given that this project was helmed by Antoine Fuqua, the man responsible for Denzel Washington's Oscar winning turn in Training Day, I thought Olympus has Fallen might be a little edgier.

There's a nice bit of pre-amble, setting up Butler's back-story and it's not long before the bullets start flying and the bodycount goes through the roof. There's certainly no shortage of violence in this film and I was actually quite surprised at its "15" certificate, given the scenes of torture, stabbing, mutilation, suicide bombers and copious amounts of death by gunshot!

In effect, what we have here is Gerard Butler taking the lead role in a movie that, if made 25 years ago, would have went to the likes of Arnie, Sly or Bruce Willis. Olympus Has Fallen is a straight-up no-nonsense action movie where the good guy can't die and is always a better shot than the numerous villains he despatches!
This film lays it on pretty thick with the flag-waving and patriotism but I guess that with a movie that has as its central premise the White House being stormed and the President of the USA being held hostage, it comes with the territory!

Rick Yune is a suitably menacing screen presence and Aaron Eckhart is convincing as the American as mom's apple pie President while Morgan Freeman adds some gravitas to proceedings while Gerard Butler bumps off terrorists like he was in a video game.

This type of film has been done before (see the title of this review!) and if you've seen the trailer for this movie, you'll know you're not in for any big surprises but there's no doubt that Olympus Has Fallen is an entertaining and competent action film.
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