Review: Olympus Has Fallen


I went into this with no expectations at all and not a lot of idea about the plot far short of the fact that the White House is stormed by terrorists and Gerard Butler takes them all out. Essentially Die Hard or Under seige (which is actually name-checked in the poster!). And that’s pretty much what I got.

The basic plot is that Butler’s character, Mike Banning, worked as one of the President’s (Aaron Eckhart) secret service aides until an unfortunate accident sees him move to a desk job. Meanwhile the South Korean Prime Minister visits the White House to talk about tensions with the North, something that has been in the news a lot recently. But in amongst the Prime Minister’s staff are North Korean terrorists who assassinate the PM and take the top brass of the US government to the bunker deep underground and begin to make their demands. While this is going on Banning rushes across town and manages to get into the White House under a hail of bullets and RPG fire.

The body count in the first half hour is ludicrous and it doesn’t stop there either, from here on in Banning begins to take out the terrorists one by one while trying to find the President’s son who is missing and being searched for by the terrorists. Here is where the similarities between this and the aforementioned action classics begins. There are bone-crunching fight scenes, knives through skulls, crashing helicopters, lots of explosions and gun fire and quite a bit of bad language and tough talk.

In actual fact this is the closest to a Die Hard film since the first Die Hard, which is a great thing as that franchise has been on a downhill slide since the first installment culminating with Live Free or Die Hard, I can’t name a single person I know who went to see that, which says a lot! This, however, I couldn’t recommend highly enough, it’s a real throwback to the 1980s/90s action films, it doesn’t take itself too seriously (though I did expect a few more quips) and really lets rip with the action sequences.

One thing I will say is that the casting of Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House of Representatives who has to step up as the President and Vice-President have both been kidnapped might have been an oversight. He is far more believable as a president than Eckhart, who actually seemed more Presidential as Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight. I mean, Freeman has played a President in Deep Impact and God in Bruce & Evan Almighty!

Don’t expect much in the way of a cohesive plot, but if you want to switch off your brain and watch something really stupid, really loud and quite violent then this is the film for you.


5 Responses to “Review: Olympus Has Fallen”

  1. ”How about we play a game called ‘fuck off’? You go first”. Great line!

  2. “Ask me a serious question…”

  3. […] the same as Olympus Has Fallen except even more overblown. In fact, you may as well just go and read my review of that film and replace any mention of ‘the White House’ with ‘London’ and ‘North […]

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