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Lost the Plot
on 22 January 2014
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.