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Olympus Has Fallen– Movie Review

Submitted by on March 29, 2013 – 6:57 pmNo Comment

Olympus Has Fallen is truly “mindless entertainment:” don’t think about it at all, and you could genuinely enjoy it.

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is our resident lone wolf super cop- in this case, an elite Presidential team Secret Service agent, who is on desk duty after a devastating loss that wasn’t his fault. But when the White House is overrun by North Korean terrorists and the president is taken hostage in the safe bunker, Banning is the only man left to save the day.

The constant action and fight scenes, especially the initial invasion of the White House, are plenty entertaining. Though overall the movie is predictable, individual moments can surprise. Until the end of the movie, I was even enjoying the twists and turns of the evil plan. Additionally, Butler sure knows how to make a corny line land for a decent laugh.

And while the visuals of a national monument being destroyed has been wrung dry by Roland Emmerich, director Antoine Fuqua manages to breath some life into the jarring sight of Washington DC under attack.

(Incidentally, Emmerich has his own White-House-under-siege movie coming out in June.)

On the other hand, the negative aspects of Olympus range from implausibility (beyond even what you can excuse for an action movie) to downright offensiveness. The slow-motion screaming is overwrought and the flag-waving is obvious (and literal). But the allusions to 9/11 both visually and thematically are insulting.

Also, North Koreans have apparently officially replaced Nazis, Soviets, and even Al-Qaeda as the new faceless Hollywood enemy (as in the remake of Red Dawn). Seriously, there wasn’t one Asian good guy in all of Washington in this film?

Of course, many people were just pissed off that the movie so blatantly copies Die Hard.

Did you see Olympus Has Fallen? What did you think?

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