Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Angela Basset

Olympus Has Fallen, also known as Gerard Butler Kicking Ass and Taking Names For Two Hours, is an action movie packed with plenty of explosions, intensity, North Korean terrorists, and Gerard Butler’s face to keep action movie fanatics happy. The plot is a simple one and there isn’t really a deeper meaning to it besides “Amuricaaa!!” but still, this movie kept me on the edge of my seat and plenty enthralled.

Mike Banning (Butler) is an ex-Secret Services agent who was fired after a tragic event in which he saved the President (Aaron Eckhart) instead of the First Lady (like, what the heck, fire a man for doing his job). A year and a half later, the White House finds itself being attacked and taken over. The President is taken hostage and Banning, being the only survivor inside the White House, must use his badassery skills to take over the terrorists and find the President and his son in order to protect ‘Merica’s freedom.

I’ve heard some people giving this movie a bad review because of its totally unrealistic storyline, but really?? Of course it is unrealistic. Of course this would never happen in real life. What really worries me are the people who believe this could happen. So yes, the plot is the typical action flick predictable story that it is, but it does its job. It was nice to see Butler in this type of role and laying down his fiery fist of justice. He did a good job and was totally badass without being too over the top about it. Eckhart made a good President and was great in his role as well. Their characters stuck out most to me, of course because the film pretty much revolves around them, but also because they made their characters believable in a plot that is totally unbelievable. Morgan Freeman plays the Speaker of the House and too my surprise, he was overshadowed by the other two. He was great and everything but just didn’t stick out as much because of the character they put him in.

There are no slow parts in this movie. From start to finish it is one huge crazy event after another. The action sequences are well-formulated and not too outrageous. Although lots of movies have you question “How did this one guy take out fifty other bad guys?” Butler has you believe it. He even throws in a few witty one liners that I’m sure will become the trademark of the film like “Yippee-ki-yay, mother fucker” was to the Die Hard series. The villains in this movie are great too, they are smart and you know they mean business.

So no, this movie wasn’t made to make you think too hard, didn’t have any deep emotional meaning to it, or a clever and intricately thought out plot but it entertains and will give you a thrill if you let it. Although, the whole movie really hits on the ideas of America’s principles, patriotism, and how we are the best country yada-yada-yada to the point that it becomes a bit comedic, but it’s all part of the package and you just have to go with it. In conclusion, I would recommend this film if you are looking for pure entertainment that won’t require much deep thinking and to see Gerard Butler stabbing terrorists in the neck. With that, I will leave you with these:

Rating: B-




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