Excerpt: Korean terrorists have staged an attack on the White House, taking the President (Aaron Eckhart) and his staff hostage, leaving it up to lone Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) to save everyone.
Excerpt: In 1988, video game developer Data East released Bad Dudes . In it, two jean wearing combatants, Blade & Striker, purge sewers, city streets, and forests bare fisted to rescue America’s Commander in Chief from a rogue band of ninjas. Bad Dudes is therefore more credible than Olympus Has Fallen .
Excerpt: Terrorism has been around for ages and, most likely, will always be. If there’s one thing that the September 11 attacks taught us it’s that if someone has a well-executed plan and is willing to die for their cause – there’s very little anyone or anything can do to prevent that from happening. Now it’s highly unlikely that an enemy (in the case of this movie, as in real-life, it was the North Koreans) can take over Washington D.C.
Conclusion: So long as you enter with reasonable expectations, Olympus Has Fallen proves to be a pretty painless experience. It's violent but not too violent for mainstream audiences. It's stupid but not enough to ridicule or lose you. Its well-executed action sequences hold your attention for the full two hours and there are no delusions of grandeur.
Conclusion: Filled with perhaps more plot holes than the bullet holes in the movie itself, 'Olympus Has Fallen' is nevertheless a rip-roaring, action-packed piece of good ol' Americana – headed up, naturally, by an actor from Britain. What it lacks in quality effects and logic, it more than makes up for in tension and take-no-prisoners action sequences. Recommended.
Excerpt: I recently paid $3.75 to watch Olympus Has Fallen in a second run theater, sitting in an antiquated seat that was as ergonomically pleasing as a lawn gnome hammered into my spinal column with a pneumatic piston. This proved to be a suitable metaphor for what the film did to my brain.
Conclusion: Antoine Fuqua delivers much of what you'd expect of his directorial style from Olympus Has Fallen : a serious, physically hard-hitting rush of action built around a foreign terrorist's siege of the White House, and the dishonored Secret Service agent who becomes the President's -- and the country's -- last hope.
Excerpt: Olympus Has Fallen spends its first act establishing a flimsy emotional groundwork before gleefully taking a sledgehammer to it just seconds into act two. Former secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), sequestered in a desk job with the Treasury Department six months after narrowly saving President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) at the expense of First Lady Margaret Asher (Ashley Judd), glances out of his window to see a full-scale White House siege in...
Conclusion: Olympus Has Fallen doesn't find the same character depth or intensity, the real human feeling, or the raw gritty emotion as found in Antoine Fuqua's best work (and one of the best movies of the last twenty years), Training Day , but the underrated director does bring a powerful, mostly no-frills style to the movie that helps it move beyond the unmistakable sense of déjà vu that permeates nearly very scene.