Movie: Olympus Has Fallen
Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Despite some flaws, 'Olympus Has Fallen' is the sort of popcorn entertainer that gives your brain a breather after a long, hard week. Also after the dated-looking 'Chasing Mavericks' and the date movie disaster that was 'Playing For Keeps', it's a relief to see Gerard Butler return to the action genre.
What's it about?
Agent Mike Banning (Butler) is the American President's (Aaron Eckhart) most trusted bodyguard until the First Lady (Ashley Judd) dies in a tragic accident while under his team's watch. Banning is demoted to work for the US Treasury and finds himself frustrated at his job. A South Korean delegation visits the White House to meet with the President, but what seems to be an innocent diplomatic meeting turns into a terrorist ambush. Banning soon turns out to be Speaker Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and the country's only hope against the infiltrators.
Butler is good as the show-no-mercy hero, despite the frequent Scottish accent slips. Some action sequences are ace and the turret attack on the assault choppers especially stands out. Wit helps save the day in many parts and you're bound to find a laugh or two when you least expect it.
But if this movie falls, it is because of its predictable script. Freeman and Eckhart seem to be sleepwalking through their roles. The movie's bad guy is a baby-faced terrorist, whose dialogue delivery reminded us of Mojo Jojo from the Powerpuff Girls (read: far from impressive). Banning also predictably is having problems with his wife (Radha Mitchell) and finds all those issues ironed out once he saves the day.
What to do?
A far from perfect entertainer, but an entertainer no less, 'Olympus Has Fallen' has its moments. Go watch it.
in.com rating: 3/5
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