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Olympus Has Fallen, 2013.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
When terrorists storm the White House and take the President of the United States hostage, only his ex-Secret Service guard can do anything about it.
If you're looking for intelligent, realistic fare, this isn't it. If you're looking for cheesy dialogue with over the top action sequences and a fun time, then this is it. Olympus Has Fallen follows Gerard Butler's Mike Banning, Head Secret Service Agent to President Benjamin Ahser (Aaron Eckhart). After a terrible tragedy, in which Banning does the right thing, he loses his job at the President's side. However, when the South Korean premier visits the White House, North Korean terrorists attack, completely decimating the building and taking the President hostage, leaving only Mike Banning inside and alive. »
- Flickering Myth
Olympus Has Fallen, 2013.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
Olympus Has Fallen is the very definition of mediocre. If it were a national soccer team, it’d be USA; if it were a flavour of ice cream it’d be plain old vanilla. Sometimes mediocre is Ok, and Olympus Has Fallen is at times just that; it’s Ok.
The entire film feels like it belongs in the mid 1990s, sandwiched somewhere in the timeline between Die Hard with a Vengeance in 1995 (when this type of film was at its peak) and The Matrix in »
- Flickering Myth
Director: Antoine Fuqua; Screenwriters: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt; Starring:Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett; Running time: 120 mins; Certificate: 15
"Let's play a game of F**k Off. You go first..."
That cracking throwaway line, delivered with zeal by Gerard Butler's brawny hero to the mandatory North Korean baddie, exemplifies the heights occasionally obtained in this reasonably diverting thriller. It lacks the consistency and flair to live up to its attempted 'Die Hard in the White House' premise, for the most part feeling like an extended, bigger budgeted episode of 24 that runs out of ideas before the ticking clock and end credits.
Butler is at his quick-quipping, buttkicking best though, playing U.S. Army Ranger Mike Banning. Demoted from the Presidential Detail and consigned to a desk job after failing to save the First Lady (Ashley Judd »
Director: Antoine Fuqua.
Running Time: 120 minutes.
Synopsis: Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack. Using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President (Aaron Eckhart) from his kidnappers.
Olympus Has Fallen is clearly a celebration of the core constitutional values of the USA, but make no mistake, it is not a sanitised and sweetened slice of Americana. Instead, the plot honours the human hands and hearts that helped build a nation out of bricks and mortar, blood, sweat and tears. A film crafted via the parallels of choice, relationships and kinship, we are drawn into a subtle maze of psychological warfare that sees our Theseus, »
- Anouska Davies
If there is one word you can’t use to describe Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen, it’s unique. The premise of a terrorist attack on the White House, and the President’s safety left in the hands of a rogue law enforcer, will be equally matched in White House Down this Autumn. However, Fuqua has ensured that this is certainly no prelude to Roland Emmerich’s effort – as Olympus Has Fallen is raising the bar, as a good old-fashioned action flick that guarantees an entertaining and worthwhile trip to the cinema.
Gerard Butler plays Mike Banning, a former Presidential guard who was fired having failed to save President Benjamin Asher’s (Aaron Eckhart) wife, in the car accident that widowed the leader of America. However, Banning has the chance to make amends, when a terrorist attack on the White House, led by North Korean assailant Kang (Rick Yune), sees the President kept hostage, »
- Stefan Pape
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Title: Olympus Has Fallen Director: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune. Every state of grace withers. Luchino Visconti’s Fall of the Gods (the literal translation of the movie known as ‘The Damned’), set in 1933, portrays the downfall of an industrialist German family, caused by the Nazi outbreak. Eighty years later the silver screen is the stage of another political debacle: ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ shows America’s geopolitical role faltering. The White House (Secret Service Code: ‘Olympus’) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped. In the meantime the former Presidential guard, Mike Banning, finds himself trapped [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
While the Oval Office on film is as familiar as our front room, the American blockbuster is safe. But the post-us empire beckons
In Independence Day (1996) it's the president who nails it: "The Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night.' Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!"
American values – like freedom, and man's inalienable right to feature-length Will Smith – were now global values. That's what President Bill Pullman was telling us – just when the Us blockbuster was firmly consolidating its worldwide hold. Independence Day represented politics and entertainment in perfect alignment; a great example of how the presidency itself has been one of Hollywood's most effective propaganda tools for spreading the red-white-and-blue gospel.
The Us presidency is surely the most portrayed political office in cinema history. IMDb »
- Phil Hoad
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Finley Jacobsen, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser | Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt | Directed by Antoine Fuqua
For the last few decades there have been a number of action movies that followed the Die Hard formula. Films like Speed were successful enough to etch out their own place in the genre lore, while others were simple exercises in mediocrity. The latest example of this phenomenon is the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen. While it certainly won’t go down as a new high mark it is undoubtedly one of the better examples of how to take a classic formula and make it your own. By filling in the, “Die Hard in a _______”, statement with one of America’s most prestigious and scared locations–The White House it raises the stakes to a new level. Gerard Butler »
- Dan Clark
Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler as a presidential bodyguard who after a tragic accident is removed from duty protecting the United States President played by Aaron Eckhart. Months pass by and the President finds that Mike Banning (Butler) is his only hope for rescue when a terrorist strike hits the Whitehouse. This leaves the nation with Speaker Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) as acting President trying to negotiate with terrorist Kang (Rick Yune) to save the President. Things go from bad to worse when the stakes are raised to not only be the President’s life being at risk, but also the fate of millions of innocent people.
In this video review I look at the good, the bad and the wonderfully ridiculous that is Olympus Has Fallen. I also take a fun look at how even if it’s not the most original movie of all time, it doesn’t »
- David Pustansky
Presented by Quentin Tarantino and produced in collaboration with filmmaker Eli Roth, The Man With the Iron Fists is the big-screen directorial debut of Wu-Tang Clan member and huge kung-fu movie fan RZA, and is a throwback to the types of wildly over the top kung-fu films that flooded flea-pit cinemas and video store shelves in the late 70s and early 80s; and tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in 19th-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.
Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to »
- Phil Wheat
Feature Ryan Lambie 2 Apr 2013 - 06:27
Olympus Has Fallen is a noisy throwback to an 80s and 90s era of action movies such as Executive Decision, Air Force One, or Under Siege; films that riffed on Die Hard's thrilling hero-in-a-confined-space plot. In fact, Olympus Has Fallen’s Die Hard-in-the-White-House concept has probably kicking around in the heads of Tinseltown movie producers for years - it’s just been a matter of waiting until the time was right.
In the 80s and 90s, special effects probably weren’t good enough to make an audience believe that the most famous house in America was under attack from terrorists. After 9/11, the technology was there, but the concept would almost certainly have been deemed in horrifically poor taste. And so »
Anyone that saw Olympus Has Fallen this weekend knows you could poke holes in nearly every minute of the film. It also has the distinction of being the film everyone and their mother has decided to call it the Die Hard 5 that's better than the actual Die Hard 5, or some variation of that. Well, if the unreality of Olympus has got your dander up, get ready for White House Down where Roland Emmerich is back with his cinematic destructive eye targeting the official residence of the President of the United States once again. The film finds Channing Tatum playing Capitol Policeman John Cale who has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. »
- Brad Brevet
Moviegoers fell in love with the prehistoric animated comedy, "The Croods." Sure, the film has that old yabba dabba do feeling, but it's still sweet and funny enough for viewers to take it to the No. 1 spot at the box-office. Featuring the voice work of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Catherine Kenner, the 3-D DreamWorks Animation landed on top with $44.7 million.
At No. 2 was the nerve-wracking "Olympus Has Fallen" from "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua. Gerard Butler stars as disgraced Presidential guard, Mike Banning, who must return to the White House to save our President (Aaron Eckhart). The FilmDistrict movie opened strongly with $30.5 million.
"Olympus Has Fallen" interviews
"Olympus Has Fallen" exceeded expectations with FilmDistrict predicting »
The year's first White House movie ahead of early estimates, but is it a bona fide box-office hit? Olympus Has Fallen, featuring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart (neither of whom has been terribly lucky at the domestic box office of late), will be this March 22-24 weekend's no. 2 movie, behind only the 3D animated feature The Croods and easily surpassing early predictions. Antoine Fuqua, probably best known for Ethan Hawke / Denzel Washington's Training Day (which earned Washington a Best Actor Academy Award), directed the R-rated thriller should earn around $28 million on its debut weekend -- it opened with $10.4 million at 3,098 sites this past Friday as per studio estimates found on the web site Box Office Mojo -- thus boasting this year's second highest R-rated debut and providing relatively new distributing company FilmDistrict with its most impressive opening weekend to date. Early predictions by various pundits had the year's "first »
- Zac Gille
The last Die Hard was so bad, that it should have been stripped of the much beloved franchise name and placed in front of Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day, Shooter) latest film, Olympus Has Fallen, because it’s earned it.
If you recall coming out of the first Die Hard, where Bruce Willis takes on a couple dozen terrorists and rescues a group of hostages. It earned its R rating with high level of violence and a mostly serious tone with a few dashes of comedy sprinkled in. The satisfaction after coming out of that first one was hard to topple but the tone of that franchise would soften with each sequel, relying more on John McClane’s charisma and long action pieces with no consequences or casualties–just non-stop classic cartoon violence. The formula was simple yet it strayed away from that perfect first film. Olympus Has Fallen instead »
- Ernie Estrella
Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen. The film stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists take over the White House and capture the President (Aaron Eckhart). The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Rick Yune. If you’ve been waiting for Butler to return to action, you’re going to be very happy watching Olympus Has Fallen. Not only is the film a hard R for graphic violence, it features Butler kicking ass in some great action set pieces. Watch some clips here. A few days ago I landed an exclusive interview with Fuqua here in Los Angeles. During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about what it's been like promoting the film all over the country, how Seven Samurai was »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Two big films opening this weekend, we have the dramedy .Admission. and .Olympus Has Fallen.. In .Admission. from director Paul Weitz and based on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Tina Fey stars as a Princeton admissions officer who.s at a crossroads . admit a student who may or may not be her son, and fall in love with John Pressman (Paul Rudd). Lily Tomlin co-stars as Fey.s feminist mother.
In .Olympus Has Fallen,. Gerard Butler is back in action mode as Mike Banning, a disgraced Presidential guard who finds himself back inside the White House in order to protect our President, country, and perhaps the world! This film boasts a superlative cast featuring Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Aaron Eckhart, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, and Angela Bassett. Antoine Fuqua (.Training Day.) directs the film for Film District.
So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look:
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Running Time: 2 hrs
Release Date: March 22, 2013
Plot: An ex-Secret Service agent (Butler) rushes into the White House after a terrorist attack on D.C. has the President (Eckhart) captive in his own bunker.
Who’S It For? Do you miss all-American action movies about the President being in danger? About the threat of nuclear terror on our own soil? You can take a break from your repeat viewings of Air Force One on tape, because here’s Olympus Has Fallen.
Expectations: I wasn’t really sure what to do with this film, but I was excited that action movies were one again taking on its most fantastic concept of saving the President. Before going in, I was curious about Butler’s presence – what could the bland actor offer to such a striking plot synopsis? »
- Nick Allen
Yes, "Olympus Has Fallen" is the mash-up you've heard about. "Die Hard" meets "Air Force One" in the White House. It's got the same late-90s swagger as those other movies, and it's so unbelievably ludicrous that it's actually seriously enjoyable. That's mostly because director Antoine Fuqua has finally made an action movie that doesn't take itself particularly seriously, and also because the movie proudly wears its R rating on its digital sleeve, unafraid to kill anyone or anything that gets in its way. Gerard Butler is the Bruce Willis stand-in here, playing Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent relegated to the Treasury Department after heroically saving the President (Aaron Eckhart) some time ago, but failing to save the First Lady at the same time. Banning is pretty much the greatest Secret Service agent ever. He's funny, he knows all the nooks and crannies of the White House, and he's »
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