Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Olympus Has FallenRelease Date: March 22, 2013Director: Antoine FuquaStars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan FreemanRuntime: 120 min.

Die Hard is one of the very best action movies ever made. It’s well-made, has a very simplistic plot, and it’s one hell of a fun movie. It’s also an essential viewing for any guy. It has inspired many fun, action movies; most recently Olympus Has Fallen.

Mike Banning is a disgraced former Presidential guard who finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack. He must use his knowledge to work with national security and rescue the President from his kidnappers.

As far as action movies inspired by Die Hard, this is memorable. Though, I’m not sure how vibrantly it will stand out in any of these cast members’ filmographies (especially Freeman’s and Eckhart’s). This is a decent movie for Antoine Fuqua, because his style fits the movie very well. Rick Yune is forgettable as the terrorist mastermind behind it all, mostly because he sports a look of anger the whole time. He’s ruthless and he looks like the smartest guy in the room, but aren’t all terrorists? Personality would have helped the guy. When he takes off his glasses, you know shit’s about to hit the fan.

Aaron Eckhart makes a fine President. Gerard Butler rocks his role, but he ain’t Bruce Willis. At least he doesn’t crack-wise when he’s about to snap someone’s neck, or have a catch phrase, like “Boo-ya, b*tch!” It’s not like this mirrors Die Hard in every possible way. Butler uses a lot of guns, but he is also great with hand-to-hand combat and his knife. There are many kills where he stabs the guy in the brain or the bottom of the neck. It’s great to see Butler as a complete bad-ass again. It’s he against many North Koreans, about three hundred, I’d say. So practically the entire North Korean army. (To any readers from North Korea: Relax, don’t be offended. It’s a joke. Hardy-har-har.)

This is an entertaining movie, albeit brutal. The only truly boring part of the movie is the first fifteen minutes or so, but it heats up fairly quickly. Also, some might not find the entertainment in a helicopter’s machine gun shooting at civilians on the streets of Washington. I didn’t dig that part so much, but this is usually awesome and there’s lots and lots of blood. It feels long, but a movie like this cannot be rushed. The poor visuals make it look like a video game, because, really, it’s a movie that would make a very fun video game. This is Die Hard meets The Raid: Redemption.

It’s pretty awesome. If you want a movie with great characterization, plot development, a generally original plot, and memorable jokes, look elsewhere. If you seek a movie that has a simple and ridiculous (yet awesome) plot, brainless action, clever (but forgettable) one-liners, a lot of blood, an enormous body count, tons of bullets, and a lot of F-bombs and real bombs; then this shouldn’t disappoint.

Score70/100

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2 Responses to Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Good review Dan. It’s so dumb and corny, but still a bunch of fun that I didn’t mind having fun with.

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