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Olympus Has Fallen 2013

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.

Starring:
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Antoine Fuqua
Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart
Supporting actors Finley Jacobsen, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Phil Austin, James Ingersoll, Freddy Bosche, Lance Broadway, Sean O'Bryan, Keong Sim, Kevin Moon, Malana Lea, Robert Forster, Sam Medina
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format: Blu-ray
The winner in 2013’s Which White House Under Siege Die Hard Rip-off Can Get to the Screen First and Make the Most Money contest Olympus Has Fallen is a decent enough Die Hard rip-off, but one that follows its template so closely that you hope Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza got paid royalties by the producers. It may be the White House rather than Nakatomi Plaza that’s the target of a hostile takeover, in this case executed with a wildly OTT air raid and ground assault that takes out not only the entire Secret Service but half of Washington D.C. with comic strip ease, but everything else is present and correct. Hero in the wrong place at the right time taking on the terrorists single-handed and occasionally taunting them over the radio? Check. Terrorists killing hostages to get a vital combination? Check. Helicopter crashing on the roof and hero only surviving by taking a big dive? Check. Hero meeting up with nervous civilian we know is a terrorist but he doesn’t? Check. The authorities ignoring our hero’s advice and getting their men wiped out in a frontal assault because they underestimate the terrorists’ firepower? Check. All these favorites and more appear almost in the same order as they did back in 1988, with the only real novelty being the North Korean villains and the fact that Gerard Butler at least keeps his shoes and shirt on. Even Trevor Morris’ score is shamelessly derivative, at times threatening to turn into Jerry Goldsmith’s fanfare from Air Force One, at others a more bombastic version of Hans Zimmer’s The Thin Red Line.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
There is a crazy trend in Hollywood of two similar films coming out one after the other, supposedly independently of one another. The latest situation was `Die Hard' in the White House. Historically, one film usually stands out as better and more successful, in the case of `Olympus Has Fallen' and `White House Down', the Gerald Butler vehicle was the more successful, but they are both pretty awful in their own way.

Butler plays Mike Banning, a guard who used to be detailed to the President (Aaron Eckhart) before an accident saw the death of the First Lady. When visiting the White House he becomes embroiled in a terrorist plot as a group of rogue North Koreans aim to take on America. In terms of empty headed action, there are some great sequences in `Olympus'. There is a lot of brutal deluxe, more `Under Siege 2' than the master class that is `Die Hard', but none the less, still fun. Butler is decent and actually pretty believable as a special agent who can kill with weapons or his hands. It is not Butler who is at fault in this film, but some of the absolutely ridiculous scripting.

The dialogue for one passes fun cheese and ends up in awful, but it is the plotting that fails the most. The President is held hostage and is forced into a Catch 22 situation of his own making; spot it yourself, but he basically hands over the reins of power to the bad guys - stupid. Not just stupid, but so poorly written that it ruins the film. All of Butler's work is kind of entertaining, but in between his bits you are forced to watch absolute bilge. Could have been a decent film had the script writers actually paid attention.
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The 'White House' becomes under attack from both air and land.
a substantial terrorist force led by 'rogue' North Korean activist
'Kang' assisted on the inside by a trusted agent who's job
is to protect the president.......now in the White House bunker where
the president is being held hostage.
the demands.....withdraw the 7th fleet and troops that are stationed
in protection of 'South Korea'
the Commander in Chief 'Benjamin Asher' doesn't even know if his son
'Connor' is safe.
'Mike Banning' previously serving alongside the president once trusted
to protect both the president and family now appears to be the only agent
who is in a position to resolve the crisis.
an electrifying and action-packed thrill-ride,a little far-fetched perhaps,
however certainly well worth a spin.
Additional features include...'Gag Reel'(always worth a watch) 'The making
of Olympus has fallen' 'Deconstructing the Black Hawk sequence' and 'Ground
combat: fighting the terrorist' ...and more.
Hugely entertaining, certainly on par with 'White House Down'
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By robert stirling TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
24: Season Seven DVD Collection [DVD] had a scenario where extremists captured the White House and held the female President hostage; it was a spectacular segment of a spectacular series.

Hey,if you're going to 'copy that' you'd better do it well or people are going to put your arse in a sling.

I think that Antoine Fuqua has at least matched the visceral qualities of those several '24' episodes in this film at under 2 hours, which is no mean feat.

Gerard Butler plays the lone agent pitting his considerable physique against dozens of baddies(Korean for a change,not African):there is a lot of killing and violence, some of which is very improbable but this is pure escapism and doesn't pretend to be anything else----there are plot holes everywhere such as the military aircraft flying over Washington unchallanged until it's almost over the White House.

Morgan Freeman sleeps his way through his few scenes but even a dozing Morgan can lend gravitas to a film.

I found the whole thing entertaining,pure tart escapism.And it's easy to slot a different dvd into the player for more thought-provoking viewing,such as Fuqua's gritty Training Day [2002] [DVD] [2001].
Highly recommended.
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