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Plot: When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. Runtime: 120 mins Release Date: 21 Mar 2013
This is by far the best action movie I have seen since the first Die Hard. When I went to this movie, I was not sure what to expect. Jake said it sounds like a tired formula. Well, as fate would have it, this was an improvement on the formula used in Die Hard. The bad guys were the Koreans in this movie. Gerard Butler, who is nothing short of a genius, delivered the goods. This movie had all the right components of a good action flick. There was a protagonist and an antagonist. There are several components that make a movie great. Movies are often more than just entertainment. If you can sit <more>
through a movie and believe they are set in a certain place, believe that the actors are not actors, then the movie has at least done part of a job. This movie does JUST THAT. The way the plane flew into the white house was amazing. I liked that button that the pilot pushed to make the missiles not hit them. What I was surprised about is that this is basically an instruction manual on the big screen. What is it an instruction manual for? How to take over the white house! I sure hope no bad guys watch this movie because there is a lot of stuff in this movie that the terrorists probably never knew how to do but now they do. I know a lot about The White House and the secret passageways. The president was played by Morgan Freeman who is nothing short of a genius when it comes to playing the president. He was actually the house speaker but was the temporary POTUS. I was surprised that Gerard only had one handgun and was able to get so far. Then again, this IS a movie. As a photographer, my favorite component is Cinematography. It is what is considered the visual beauty of the film. Many movies through out time have displayed great photography, whether it is of landscape, how a shot was made or sweeping camera angles. Often times this can make an average story a great movie. Olympus has fallen has some of the most amazing Cinematography ever! All in all, it really comes down to how the story is told - which is essentially all things combined. Olympus has Fallen is a great example that perfectly blends all together - all are above average as pieces, but combined - wow - it is a sweeping big screen picture as big as Morgan Freeman himself. Like I said, this movie was so good. I can't wait to see it on DVD. This is what screenwriters and directors should watch so that they can be inspired.
Been a long time since I've seen a Superb Action-Pack Movie (by ayap-640-670029)
This movie is up there in the league of 'The Rock' with Nick Cage & Sean Connery and 'Air Force One' with Harrison Ford and Glenn Close, in terms of entertaining audience with a great plot, non-stop action from start to finish, and how the hero saves the day in the nick of time.I don't know why Gerard Butler spent more time doing romantic movies after the '300' when he could do very well in action-pack movies. I think Gerard Butler is a natural when it comes action movies. I don't like him in romantic movies.This will be a great blockbuster success and will <more>
be classic. Gerard Butler should make more movies like this, and he will make it big time.
An Entertaining,Fast Paced,Action-Thriller. (by jcbutthead86)
Olympus Has Fallen is an entertaining,Action packed Action-Thriller that keeps you glued to the screen from beginning to end with great direction,a wonderful cast and excellent Action scenes. Those combinations make Olympus Has Fallen great and one of the most entertaining Action films of the year.Set in Washington,D.C,Olympus Has Fallen tells the story about former secret service man Mike Banning Gerard Butler who used to be a guard for The President Aaron Eckhart ,but after an unfortunate accident Mike is now working for the treasury department agency. When the White House and The President <more>
are taken over by international terrorist Kang Rick Yune ,Mike must step into Action and rescue The President at all costs.Remember back in the late 80s all the way up to the mid-90s when there was a lot of Die Hard-inspired Action films whether it was on a bus Speed ,mountain Cliffhanger ,sea or an airplane Air Force One Olympus Has Fallen a solid,entertaining Action film can be best described as Die Hard In The White House and if you like Die Hard or any Die Hard inspired Action movie you will like Olympus Has Fallen. One of the things that I like about OHF is that the movie embraces it's R-Rated attitude because over the past ten years most Action movies have been toned down and PG-13 and trying to appeal to all audiences,but OHF takes viewers back to the 80s and 90s when Action films were violent and bloody,showing viewers how violence really is. That's one of the things that I liked about OHF is that it never tones itself down or compromise the violence seen in the film. Watching the movie reminded me when I was kid watching Action movies during the 1990s where most Action movies used a certain formula and it works OHF uses the Die Hard formula to perfect and gives us a Action film that's not original but works as entertaining popcorn movie and crowd pleaser. What I also like about the film is that OHF was a pretty bold movie to make as well because we rarely see Action movies with terrorists anymore since 9-11 happened and you rarely see Action films or films in general where the White House has been taken hostage and when the White House being taken over it is done with intensity and grit. What is also great about OHF is that the film has your typical Action film Clichés i.e tough Action hero,smart villain and that it does not try to hide the fact that it is Chiche. While OHF has a serious storyline and tone you as the viewer don't have to take the movie serious because OHF is a film that has one goal in mind and that goal is to have a great fun time and OHF gives viewers a great time from start to finish that will put smiles on viewers faces and will have viewers glued to the screen with fun and excitement. At 119 minutes the OHF moves at a fast pace and never slows down from the opening scene and the pace is so quick you don't have any time to catch your breath. Mike Banning is a great character who is definitely in the same mode as Action icon John McClane,with Mike being an individual who is tough and can always handle himself in a intense and violent situation. Mike not only uses his fists,but also uses smarts and words to deal with a problem. Mike Banning is an old school Action hero in the truest form. The Action and violent scenes in the film are well done with great gunfights,fist fights and handled in a natural way with a certain brutality and grit much like the Action films in the past. The ending of the film while cliché,is exciting and a good cap off to the film and will have you cheering.The cast does a wonderful job in their roles. Gerald Butler is excellent as Mike Banning,with Butler bringing toughness,grit and great lines to the role. Aaron Eckhart is great as President Benjamin Asher,a President who does not take any crap. Rick Yune is wonderful and menacing as Kang,the film's villain. Morgan Freeman Speaker Trumbull ,Angela Bassett Lynn Jacobs and Melissa Leo Ruth McMillain give great supporting performances in the film. Radha Mitchell Leah ,Dylan McDermott Forbes ,Robert Forester General Edward Clegg ,Ashley Judd Margaret Asher and Finley Jacobsen Connor give fine performances as well.The direction by Antoine Fuqua is excellent,with Fuqua always moving the camera and bringing intensity to every scene and Fuqua also does a great job with the Action scenes. Great direction,Fuqua.The score by Trevor Morris is good and well done and fits in with the tone of the film. A good score by Morris.In final word,if you love Action films,I highly suggest you see Olympus Has Fallen,an entertaining,old fashioned Action film that is well worth your time. Highly Recommended. 9.5/10.
This film was surprisingly good. It's been a while since I've seen such an enjoyable action film like this one. Actually, I've been starving for one for quite some time. So much so that after being disappointed by crap like the first two Expendables, the Transformers sequels, the Total Recall remake, etc., I wanted to give this a 10. Of course, this film wasn't perfect but was still a very enjoyable film.As others have said, this was basically a Die Hard film in the White House. Actually, this should've been another Die Hard film. But don't hold this against it. It was <more>
very well done. In fact, it was better than some of the Die Hard movies themselves.The strengths of this film were the action of course , the cast, the character development and the story. The action was graphic and realistic, the cast featured quality actors, the characters had enough depth to make us care about them and the story though not original did add more weight to the importance of what the protagonist needed to do. Add this all up and you had a film that had enough emotional impact to make you care about what happened, unlike many recent action films that seemed more like mindless video games than movies.What I really like was the depiction of the bad guys. They were clearly bad and proved they were not messing around. Repeatedly. It's just one more reason for you to pull for the good guy.Like many action films, this one wasn't very original. But what separated this from the others was that it was well executed and there were just so many things going for it that it didn't matter. Watch the Expendables and you'll appreciate this a lot more. This was one of the better action films in recent years.
Not Bad for a late March Release (by kmarlow-483-702066)
Gerald Butler is amazing in this White House Invasion Action Movie. A very good movie that hits home, how important important our National Security and Defense are to our United States of America. This story and movie is pretty far fetched but we as a country saw in 2001 how something somewhat similar really happened. Overall the Action and Acting were Very Good. "Olympus Has Fallen" kept us on the edge of our seats waiting for Gerald Butler to come to the Rescue and he does in flying colors. And Morgan Freeman adds a lot of credibility in his supporting role. I'm so glad we <more>
picked this Movie to see over just another Animation Movie like "The Croods" Today.
Not many good action movies that keep there intensity throughout, but this is a rare breed. Good acting across the board and great cinema sound help push this beyond the average action flick. After the 15-minute introduction to the characters it's pretty much non-stop action movie shooting and killing goodness. If you like non-stop violence and one-man war machine this is your movie. If you want a movie that makes perfect sense...well you wouldn't be watching movies would you? Obviously this scenario is pretty much impossible, but beyond that it's fun to watch! I would recommend <more>
If I was a critic I would have written this movie off. Saying that its just one of those movies with the same old plot with a bit modification. This is true, but as an audience I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.The best thing about this movie is its pace. You won't know how fast the 110 minutes go. There's not a minute you feel bored. The attack sequences are bit over the top, but if you are a drama lover, you won't be disappointed. The storyline isn't much to think about but the screenplay is apt. Its a good thing that the director Antonie Fuqua keeps things simple, doesn't <more>
dig too much into the conspiracy stuff and also doesn't include any unnecessary twists.Gerard Butler does what he does best, fight bad guys. Aaron Eckhart as the stern faced president reminds you of Harvey Dent. Morgan Freeman probably is there to strengthen the star value in the film. But its the villain Rick Yune with his evil smile who impresses.This is an out and out entertainer, don't think too much, just be in the moment and watch this movie.
First, you know this film was pitched as "Die Hard in the White House." Yet, given that limitation, the film manages to avoid a number of pitfalls that have crept into the many lesser imitations of the first and still best of them "Die Hard." It's the characters in the film that keep it from being too much of a cartoon. The lead character, played by Butler, has had a fall a grace. In a more clichéd film, he'd be a broken, embittered alcoholic e.g., Kevin Bacon in "The Following" who happens upon a chance for redemption and salvation. Instead, <more>
Butler's Secret Service agent is getting on with his life in a desk job, disappointed, anxious to be of more use, but not a shambling wreck of a human. He is a career professional, and when the events of the story take place, he reacts like a professional. The wisecracks are few he doesn't "kill n' quip" and understated, which makes them more effective. Other characters have small touches especially Melissa Leo that make them distinctive and worth rooting for. A very welcome touch is the way the film-makers foil our expectations...they've seen many of the same movies, and rather than follow the cookie-cutter approach of bad scripts, they twist those situations to make them new and interesting.The action is well done and exciting. It's not a perfect film, but more than competent, continually engaging, and, in the highest praise I can offer, worth full price.
Turn off your brain, relax and enjoy the action ride!! (by kobold-23)
We've asked for a real Die Hard movie, for a very long time.We've asked for a real R rated action movie, for a while.We've asked for a decent and crazy actioner for a long time.There you have it. Olympus Has Fallen is the movie that has everything you were waiting to see. Thankfully, Bruce Willis is on vacation just like he claimed several times, in Die Hard 5 . So, he is nowhere to be seen, thankfully. We have a good amount of violence, shootouts and action.It's important and really honest if you like the movie for what it is, a fun, crazy and silly action movie with some <more>
good lines and some good acting. So, like it for what it is, but don't hate it for what it isn't. It's not meant to be a serious, edgy and visceral movie. It's Die Hard in White House, plain and simple.You'll find the same old plot holes that similar movies had, but don't be scared. The flaws won't take away the fun you'll have with the flick.The movie is not for kids or babies. It's very violent and they don't hold any punch regarding the display of violence and brutality on screen. Woman, men, that doesn't matter. Headshots, impalings, explosions and lots of deaths. That's about it.Don't walk to the cinema, expecting to see a serious and complex thriller. This is a action movie that doesn't stop until its ending. You have 25 minutes of "building up" and after that, the action is pretty much nonstop.Yeah, you'll see patriotism, but then again, a movie about the White Houlse wouldn't forget anything about it.Finally: Go watch it for the action and some of the acting.