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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)


Gerald Butler
Aaron Eckhart
Dylan McDermott
Morgan Freeman

Directed by Antoine Fuqua

The movie is very very bogus, but that aside I actually liked it. The whole one man army things is one thing that sometimes Hollywood over plays and no movie has been able to get near it like Die Hard 1 (1988) with Bruce Willis being the lone hero and First Blood(1982) with Sylvester Stallone being the lone hero/villain.
I’m not saying Olympus has Fallen is anywhere as good as those two but in its own rights it is an ok film, all you have to do is close your eyes to the height of unrealistic events and you have a good film. The plot itself is centered on a redemption course, as the lead Mike Banning (Gerald Butler) is a secret service agent who under his watch the President’s wife died in an accident (it was a car accident and it wasn’t his fault).

He got re-posted as the President was finding it hard to cope, because seeing Mike made him remember his loss. Then on a faithful day a man named Kang Yeonsak (Rick Yune) a North Korean terrorist, disguises himself as a South Korean ministerial aide and somehow managed to kidnap the President by launching an attack on the white house forcing the President to run into his bunker with the South Korean minister and his aides.

Now, Banning is our lone hero in the white house who must save the president’s son and the president himself.

My main problem is that if it is that easy to take over the White House then I’m really sorry for America.

As far as acting goes, Gerald Butler was not the man that impressed me it was the villain Rick Yune that did the job for me in the movie and as usual Morgan Freeman is just as impressive as ever. Although let me not be hard on Butler he was ok.
The movie didn’t do so well in the general consensus when you view its approval ratings from critics, like half of them didn’t feel it, and you won’t blame them the movie is one that you can only like if you hang all your senses at the door and just decide to just watch a movie and not be expectant.

Aaron Eckhart is still finding it hard in my view to top the performance he gave us in Dark Knight, but notwithstanding if you are game for some unrealistic event towards making an action packed, one man hero movie… then this is a movie you should see, if you are not… maybe you should miss this one.


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