By Stephanie Marinkovic
When Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) fails to save the President’s wife, he is fired from the Presidential Guard. A year and a half later, the White House is under attack and Banning finds himself caught in the crossfire. Using his knowledge of the building and its security measures, Banning embarks on a mission to save the kidnapped President and his other colleagues.
Olympus Has Fallen is your classic action-thriller, filled with gratuitous murder and many explosions. It has been compared (by literally every other review I have read) to the Die Hard franchise but lacking that special something that made those movies so (apparently) good.
(Just as a quick note, this review is slightly spoilery from here on)
Though the beginning was a bit slow, the film quickly gets into the violence, massacring hundreds of civilians and White House employees, in a somewhat unrealistic manner. That said, after the drawn-out, horrific violence, the real action starts. As the last one standing, Banning has to fight his way through the remaining enemies to reach the President of the United States of America and basically, save the world.
I hope you see where I am going with this: the clear-to-the-point-of-obnoxious American patriotism, for example, extended shots of destroyed American flags and an oddly placed recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. Though these scenes were among ones of horror, there were still a lot of laughs from the (Australian) audience. Maybe it works better for Americans? I don’t know.
The premise itself, while grounded in something that has just recently been in the news – tensions between the US and North Korea, was wildly unrealistic. Surely the White House could hold off capture for longer than some 15 minutes.
Despite some of these things, Olympus Has Fallen was still very entertaining. Gerard Butler does a great job of playing the hero and Rick Yune (who plays Kang, the mastermind behind the attack) depicts the cold, calculating villain perfectly. If you can handle the over-the-top violence, then I recommend this movie for you.
Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman and is out in Australian cinemas this Thursday 18th April
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