Film Review – Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen

Title – Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Director – Antoine Fuqua (Shooter)

Cast – Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett

Plot – Recently relinquished of his job as presidential bodyguard due a tragic accident Mike Banning finds himself back on the job when a bunch of nasty Koreans attack the White House and take friend and President of the United States Benjamin Asher hostage.

“Banning is ex-special forces. Ranger battalion. He will move mountains or die trying!”

Review by Eddie on 14/10/2013

If you were to enter into your local grocery store or large chain supermarket and go straight to the dairy section it’s highly likely you will find a copy of Antoine Fuqua’s extremely cheesy action movie and love letter to patriotism Olympus Has Fallen, a movie that just wafts of cheese at every given opportunity but a movie that remains largely tolerable thanks to it not thinking more of itself than it ought to.

Much has been made of the two pronged 2013 attack of White House under siege movies with this and Roland Emmerich’s White House Down featuring randomly similar storylines and plots. Having only seen Olympus it is impossible to say which one wins out but one has the feeling they almost equal each other for pure unbridled sense of action and seriously questionable scripts.

Gerard Butler here gives one of his more lazy performances as ex-presidential bodyguard Mike and it must be said he just really isn’t someone we ever root, a problem we never had when it came to John McLane or other such classic action heroes. Other casts members also don’t really register much including Eckhart as President Asher and a mind boggling lazy role from Morgan Freeman as the speaker of the house Trumball. That’s really the big problem with Olympus, the action is somewhat bearable but anytime the guns aren’t blasting (and blood squibs bursting!) it really isn’t tolerable at all.

Olympus is a better action movie than quite a few others released in recent memory but that is not exactly a glowing endorsement considering the crop that has been offered up to audiences. It’s a movie that could have done with a tighter edit, some more charm and originality and a lot less grated cheese sprinkled through it. If it’s two hours of almost endless bullet holes you’re after you can’t look past this trip to the White House though.

2 blood squibs out of 5

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19 responses to “Film Review – Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

  1. Cheese is certainly the right word! I must confess that I found this film hilarious. I would say it is best to approach this film as if it was a parody. Trust me, it is much better that way as you watch it and it ticks off all the cliches in the book. I agree that some characters to actually root for would have been nice.

  2. I saw it with my husband a month or two ago.. We both thought it was pretty cheesy, too. Quite honestly, it reminded me of The Rock – just not as good. But, I have to say, we did both enjoy Gerard Butler. Of course, for him it was the smart a** lines, for me it was the care for the first son. In any case, highly predictable.

  3. Having seen both this and White House Down, they both have their pros and cons. Having just watched Olympus again, I definitely prefer turning off the brain and just watching the action. That said, both films were better Die Hards than the recent Die Hard.

  4. This movie was definitely cheesy! All the heartfelt, cute moments caused a unanimous eyeroll from audiences (or at least from me!). It probably isn’t the worst movie in history, but it was a pretty lazy effort from everyone involved in the project.

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