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Feature Ryan Lambie 2 Apr 2013 - 06:27

As Gerard Butler fights terrorists in Olympus Has Fallen, Ryan wonders, have videogames inspired a new breed of more violent action hero?

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 »

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