Olympus Has Fallen

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Olympus Has Fallen Review


As this massive blockbuster thriller progresses, it's impossible not to become amused by how ridiculous its script becomes. Because the production values are first-rate, with mammoth set pieces, rampant destruction and elaborate stunt action. Meanwhile, the plot and dialog are comically inane, to the point where knowing audience members start giggling helplessly. And frankly, these viewers will enjoy the film a lot more than anyone who tries to take it seriously.

The film opens with a harrowing scene in which Secret Service agent Mike (Butler) saves the President (Echkart) from an accident in which the First Lady (Judd) dies. So he's transferred to office duty, and now only keeps an eye on the White House from across the road. But this is how he spots a fringe group of radical Koreans launch an assault. Led by nutcase Kang (Yune) they storm the Oval Office and take the President, Defense Secretary (Leo) and others hostage. As Mike tries to break them free, he stays in touch with the temporary command centre at the Pentagon, where top dogs (including Freeman, Forster and Bassett) attempt to keep the menace from spreading.

But of course, these officials are useless, and it'll be up to Mike to save the day on his own, Die Hard-style. Improbably, all of his old access codes and passwords still work, so he's able to sneak around the White House and take out the villains one by one. Butler turns out to be rather good in this kind of meathead role, combining Bruce Willis' wit with Sylvester Stallone's brawn. By contrast, everyone else pretty much just sits around saying ridiculous things like, "Oh my God, we're doomed!" At least Leo gets to show some backbone.

Director Fuqua doesn't make films that are supposed to be funny (see Training Day or Brooklyn's Finest), so aside from some zingy one-liners this is clearly meant to be watched seriously. But that's impossible when everything hinges on a device as idiotic as the nuclear missile control box Cerberus, which reduces the audience to helpless laughter in the film's climactic countdown to Armageddon. And it's so hilarious that it almost turns this bombastic blockbuster into a raucously entertaining comedy.

Rich Cline



Olympus Has Fallen

Facts and Figures

Genre: Thriller

Run time: 119 mins

In Theaters: Friday 22nd March 2013

Box Office USA: $98.9M

Box Office Worldwide: $161M

Budget: $70M

Distributed by: FilmDistrict

Production compaines: Millenium Films, Nu Image Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Fresh: 86 Rotten: 93

IMDB: 6.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Ed Cathell III, Mark Gill, Alan Siegel

Starring: as Mike Banning, as President Benjamin Asher, as Lynne Jacobs, as Speaker Trumbull, as Leah, as Kang, as Forbes, Finley Jacobsen as Connor, as Jones, Shanna Forrestall as Mary Jane, as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan, as Roma, as Vice President Charlie Rodriguez, as General Edward Clegg, as Margaret Asher, as Dr. Guildes, Shane Land as Davis, as Yu, Malana Lea as Lim, Keong Sim as Lee Tae-Woo, Arden Cho as Korean Sniper, as Mr. Smith (uncredited)

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