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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  22 March 2013 (USA)
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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.


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When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. Written by FilmDistrict

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Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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22 March 2013 (USA)  »

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White House Taken  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,373,794 (USA) (22 March 2013)


$98,895,417 (USA) (5 July 2013)

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While filming the White House tourist scenes in Louisiana, the weather was so hot that the Humane Society representative insisted that the German Shepherds playing K-9 watch dogs stay in an air-conditioned van between shoots. See more »


The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a military officer, runs to the PEOC with his hat on. Military personnel remove their hats indoors, unless they carrying a firearm. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Banning: You're going to seriously try to rope-a-dope me? That's on old man's move.
President Benjamin Asher: I am an old man.
Mike Banning: No, you're not. But you box like one.
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"Olympus Has Fallen" falls short of reality

by Jim Fordyce AmericanEntertainmentReport.com Rating: 1 Out of Fordyce

One of my goals since a hospital stay was to catch up on movies I missed. I wanted to see "Olympus Has Fallen," and now I wish I hadn't bothered.

This is the story of an attack on Washington, D.C.—more specifically, The White House—by a rogue North Korean faction.

President Asher and the Veep are held hostage, leaving the Speaker of the House in charge and hilarity ensues. The problem is this: the movie was not supposed to be funny.

This film bases itself on the premise that there are so many lapses in security in our nation's capital that you can just take over the The Executive Mansion. If you know even the basics about how we protect ourselves, you have to laugh at this film. Without going into the tedious details, let's just say I was surprised that 18 months after he left the presidential detail, our hero, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), still has all his passwords and knows the combination to the safe in the Oval Office. He was removed from the president's side after the most implausible car accident ever put on film. It could not have occurred unless laws of physics were changed, the president's car was made of plastic, and every agent on the president's detail violated just about every safety protocol.

In this turkey, President Asher, played by Aaron Eckhart, comes off as a complete whimpy moron who apparently has not been briefed about any security procedures. We also learn our Army and Air Force are ill prepared for any kind of attack. They don't recognize a disguised plane in much the same manner that Ricky never Recognized Lucy when she wore a wig. Somehow, these terrorists found all kinds of weapons, including an armoured car and a vintage bomber, with the ease of a shopping trip to Walmart.

Morgan Freeman, who plays the Speaker of the House, is thrust into the scenario as acting president; he looks like he is phoning it in. I guess he was disappointed he didn't get to play the real president. I wonder if he is only allowed to be president when asteroids are approaching Earth. I was also surprised to learn that the head of the secret service makes the call and appoints him acting president.

If you buy into any of this BS, the movie has a few good action scenes as our hero (Butler) steps over the bodies of what seems like everyone in the White House to try and save the president, his son, and the world in another implausible scene. I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say that if the president was shot, he would not be allowed to walk to the ambulance.

The action scenes and a great exchange between "Super Agent"and some North Korean gunmen gets this movie all the way up to a poor one out of Fordyce.

This film is now playing at the Ultra Star Mary Pickford in Cathedral City, but there are several screens there, so you might want to try another movie.

Credit Check: Even I didn't stay. This movie already wasted two hours of my life,

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