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.
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.
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.
Summary: There's an obvious drinking game in Olympus Has Fallen : take a swig every time a hoary action dialogue cliché is uttered by one of the characters - "I'm the best chance you've got!"; He's in the walls!"; "Those tunnels were sealed years ago!" and so on. You'll be soused by act II. More An even more dangerous version would be to drink every time someone gets stabbed by a knife through the top of the skull. Because that happens A LOT.
Excerpt: "Olympus Has Fallen" is a non-stop assault of guns and explosions, striking a close resemblance to video games. This B-Grade action revamp features the prototypical bad guys of North Korea, and a hero relishing the violence he's confronted with. Leading the charge to save the world, our patriotic general does not shy from the bloody onslaught or increasingly amusing 'one-liners'.
Excerpt: Oh, the star-spangled banner… It will rise again. Flaggviftandet i denna lilla anspråkslösa dramadokumentär på diskbänksrealistisk budget (ha!) är bitvis på en nivå som får, säg, ”Air Force One” att blekna. Men det är klart, då har flaggan halats av fientliga krafter ovanpå självaste Vita huset och Amerikas Förenta Stater har sällan verkat så sårbart i en film som inte innefattar naturens obönhörliga krafter (som ”The Day After Tomorrow”) eller utomjordiska illvillingar...