Olympus Has Fallen (+UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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Olympus Has Fallen  (+UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.One of the great virtues of the Die Hard action movie model is its compactness, with the limited surroundings giving filmmakers license to explore–and often detonate–every nook, cranny, and air duct of a confined space. The techno thriller Olympus Has Fallen doesn’t deviate much from the established lone wolf/terrorist formula, but the White House setting adds a definite kick to the proceedings. Even when the plot starts to get a bit too implausible, the novelty of seeing, say, a knife fight in the Lincoln bedroom keeps it humming right along. Following a tragic prologue set at Camp David, the film wastes little time in getting to the main event, as the president (Aaron Eckhart) and his staff are held hostage by an army of mercenaries. Enter Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), a former Secret Service agent with deadly knowledge of the Oval Office’s crawlspaces and ambush spots. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) keeps the proceedings lean and fairly mean, with a sense of geography that allows the audience to clearly see the succession of national landmarks getting blown up real good. The director also makes expert use of an unusually qualified supporting cast, including Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and especially Melissa Leo, who goes way, way beyond the call of duty as the secretary of defense. The film’s ace in the hole, however, proves to be the amusingly surly Butler, whose habit of issuing oddly specific threats of bodily harm lends an unexpected touch of black comedy to the final act. Any good guy can take out a bad guy, but how many call the shot beforehand? –Andrew Wright


Comments

Starfire says:

When this comes out in DVD, I will be purchasing. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I went to this movie. The decent action flicks of yesterday have been replaced by superheroes shooting space aliens or super gory, gross movies that are so hardcore they turn me off before I ever get past the trailer. But this movie takes you back to the really cool action thrillers of yesteryear and frankly, I was riveted throughout.The action is non stop and the acting is superb, especially for this type of movie. I had never seen Gerard Butler in a movie before but from now on, he is on my watch list. His portrayal of Mike Banning is gritty and down to earth, never over the top. Aaron Eckhart does a very good job with the rather thankless role of the Hostage In Chief. He, too, never stoops to caricature; just a man faced with a horrifying situation. Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett are solid and realistic as the Speaker of the House and the Director of the Secret Service. Rick Yune is a absolute chiller of a villain.Yes, the movie is bloody – but not as bad as some. The violence is brutal and dirty but crucial to the plot. Maybe some of the story is cliched but I haven’t seen this type of movie for a long time. For me, it is a welcome return to the action genre. (In fact, I’m going back next week to see it again. Been a long while since I have done that.)

A. Customer says:

Exciting, Edge of Your Seat (with some flaws) This movie is fantastic for these people:- You like the film concept of a foreign government capturing the President inside the White House, with a single hero (as in Die Hard) who tries to save the day (and the world) – against all odds.- You’re looking for an exciting, heart pounding, non-stop action flick.- You like movies with lots of explosions, surprises, and situations that look really impossible.- You don’t care if there are some things about this film that are a bit cliché. They can work in films. And you’re just looking for some entertainment anyway.- You’re okay with a character theme that’s been done before. There’s some time taken to show you the woundedness of Gerard Butler’s character, and some of what makes him tick. It’s not a new theme. You’ve seen this before. But you’re ok with that.This movie is not for you if:- You can’t stand cliché’s in movies.- You’re looking for really deep characters and relationships.- You can’t stand seeing anything in a movie that’s been done before.- You want something completely unique, and utterly original.So for me I really enjoyed it. It was full of suspense with some twists I didn’t see coming. Once the twists came I realized I’d seen some of them before in other movies, but who cares. It still worked. I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time, and it was a fun afternoon worth the price of admission.I also recommend seeing it on the big screen to get the full effect.

YD says:

Olympus Has Fallen Review Best action movie of the year.Even though the White House is a very unlikely site for the plot, it is not an unlikely story in view of the latest and older developments in the recent history of the US.Edge of your seat action, does not let off for a single minute. You will definitely never get bored.


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