White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen Are The Same Damn Movie!
These people must think we’re stupid. We’ve seen films that are obviously derived from other films plenty of times, but this time it’s like someone got (or stole?) the same idea from someone else and two movies with essentially the same plot line were written, produced, and made.
First, there’s Olympus Has Fallen, released on March 22. The story goes that a disgraced former presidential guard is in the White House, although due to prior failure, he’ll never be allowed to continue at that position and has been unceremoniously demoted. While this guard (played by Gerard Butler) visits the White House (codename: Olympus, hence the film title), it is attacked by terrorists and the president (played by Aaron Eckhart) and several others are trapped inside. Of course, this is the chance for the agent to show that he still has what it takes to protect the president and prevent utter catastrophe. Morgan Freeman plays the Speaker of the House who becomes acting president during the crisis. Note the formula: black president (an obvious nod to Obama) + white guard with something to prove + attack on the White House = basic plot line.
Next, there’s White House Down, which is scheduled for release on June 28. In it, a Capitol policeman and recently rejected applicant to the Secret Service (played by Channing Tatum) is visiting the White House with his daughter when, guess what? Terrorists attack! The reject must now show his skills in order to protect his daughter and the president (played by Jamie Foxx in this film). Still follows the same formula: Black president + white guard with something to prove + attack on the White House = basic plotline.
It should be noted that in White House Down, the villains are domestic terrorists, as opposed to the North Korean antagonists in Olympus Has Fallen. Also, Butler’s character is actually experienced while Tatum’s is trying to get his foot in the door. Finally, Tatum’s character has a daughter who is present at the time of the invasion, adding another emotional twist to the action; Butler’s character just has to find and protect the president’s son, who treats him like family (ok, that’s pretty similar too).
However, I strongly doubt these minor differences translate into even relatively different film experiences. It turns out that Sony considered itself to be in competition with Millenium Pictures, which produced Olympus Has Fallen, to get casting done and begin production. It would seem that Sony lost, with Olympus Has Fallen debuting first. White House Down may face backlash as a perceived copycat. Then again, it will have that Sony backing, along with Foxx and Tatum. My advice?
Bootleg them both Make Hollywood pay for the lack of creativity in these two films by seeing another film altogether.