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:
Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman
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Olympus Has Fallen

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

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
Disgraced secret service agent Mike Banning (Butler) finds himself in the right place at the right time, as a Korean splinter group attack the White House & take the President & his staff hostage. Can Banning redeem himself & save the day ?

Overall Olympus Has Fallen is a macho action flick that you wouldn't be surprised to see Bruce Willis's alter ego John McClane as the fly in the ointment for these Korean bad guys. But it falls to Gerard Butler to put on a serious & good action performance as the no nonsense lead. As none before him can stand in his way as he brutally dispatches the terrorists with nonchalant ease, while slipping in & out of a Scottish/American accent. The story itself makes for an interesting backdrop, and pulls out every cliche in the book in the process, that you can see what's coming pretty much before it gets there, with the odd exception. Add in some suicidal secret service agents on the steps of the White House & how easy the baddies take over, and it will have you firstly in awe of the action sequences, with the fact it's a laughable & unbelievable scenario hitting you right afterwards. But you have little time to dwell on it, as you are tossed between action set pieces & under siege maneuvers. And it tosses in the usual, sugary, America is great mantra & North Korea painted as the baddies once more due to the current political climate.

Gerard Butler (300) as the hero of the movie dealt with the action set pieces like a pro & Rick Yune (The Man with the Iron Fists) made for a decent baddie, menacing in an intelligent & sadistic manner.
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That’s Moronic and sub-Seagal (sorry, needed two S’s for that…). Comparing this with “Die Hard” is like comparing the recent “Sweeney” with, well “The Sweeney”. The S could of course have been “Salt”, which was heavily mined for script elements, and indicates the unhealthy dose of salt you should take this with.

Honestly, this makes John Woo movies look intelligent. Perhaps we have now found the worst film ever made. In the hysterically bad scenes outside the Whitehouse, you clearly see one of the villains walking in front of his mate’s sub machine gun on full auto. In scenes involving technology, the initial “OK, they thought about that…” is then followed by peals of laughter as it flops into the infantile. “True Lies” without the comedy; instead, it’s just a joke. Take away the bad language, and it’s an inferior entry in the “Spy Kids” franchise.

Initially, this looked quite hopeful; I’ve always hoped to see Gerard Butler in another good movie, as the kudos from “300” must be spread thin now after all the crap he’s been in (seen “Machine Gun Preacher”?). The initial set-up was promising, with quite a good version of the necessary reason for GB’s character leaving the President’s guard. Unfortunately, that’s the high point.

And what is Morgan Freeman doing in such junk? Even “Wanted” for all its faults (and fun!) beats this hands down.

Normally, you expect nothing from the very likeable Aaron Eckhart, and in general he certainly delivers (Battle: Los Angeles), but in this, well he started out as almost the best thing in it. Damned by faint praise, I’m afraid. Then however, an utterly idiotic President, feeble, stupid and somewhat upstaged in credibility by the Sarah Palin spoof in “Iron Sky”; ok, much of that is the script, if you can call it that.
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74 of 90 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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