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Olympus Has Fallen -- A terrorist mastermind kidnaps the President of the United States inside the White House, and a disgraced former Secret Service agent must save the President and take down the terrorists.
Olympus Has Fallen -- 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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Olympus Has Fallen -- Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the White House after it is captured by a terrorist mastermind. As national security team scrambles to respond, Banning's inside knowledge becomes the key asset in saving the President and averting an even bigger disaster.
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Writers (WGA):
Creighton Rothenberger (written by) and
Katrin Benedikt (written by)
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Release Date:
22 March 2013 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
We are never stronger than when we are tested. See more »
Plot:
Disgraced Secret Service agent (and 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Olympus Has Fallen" falls short of reality See more (699 total) »


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Also Known As:
"End of White House" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Runtime:
119 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The typeface used for the word "Olympus" in the poster is the same as that of the logo of company "Olympus," manufacturer of optics.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At about 20 mins, as the South Korean vehicle convoy goes through the White House gate towards the portico drive, the time is 1900 hrs., but the shadows at the base of the trees is symmetrical, rather than extended towards the east side of the tree, as it would be at this time of day.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mike Banning:You're going to seriously try to rope-a-dope me? That's an 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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Soundtrack:
Christmas With The Man I LoveSee more »

200 out of 388 people found the following review useful.
"Olympus Has Fallen" falls short of reality, 14 April 2013

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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