Saturday, 26 March 2016

Olympus Has Fallen Review (Updated)

Olympus Has Fallen

Release Date: 4th April 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Millenium Films (presents)
Nu Image
Gerald Butler/Alan Siegel Entertainment
West Coast Film Partners

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Action

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable 
for Young Children)

Runtime: 119 minutes 

Budget: $70,000,000

Box Office Gross: $161,025,640 

Plot Summary 
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 

Gerard Butler - Mike Banning
Aaron Eckhart - President Benjamin Asher
Finley Jacobsen - Connor
Dylan McDormett - Forbes
Rick Yune - Kang
Morgan Freeman - Speaker Trumbull
Angela Bassett - Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs
Melissa Leo - Secertary of Defense Ruth McMillian
Radha Mitchell - Leah
Cole Hauser - Roma
Phil Austin - Vice President Charles Rodriguez
James Ingersoll - Admiral Nathan Hoening
Freddy Bosche - Diaz
Lance Broadway - O'Neil
Sean O'Bryan - Ray Monroe
Ashley Judd - First Lady Margaret Asher
Keong Sim - Lee Tae-Woo
Robert Forster - General Edward Clegg

Producer/Director - Antoine Fuqua
Writers - Creighton Rothenberger and Kathrin Benedikt
Executive Producers - Boaz 
Davidson, Danny Dimbort, 
Avi Lerner, Heidi Jo Markel, 
Trevor Short and John Thompson 
Co-Executive Producer/Co-Producer - Zygi Kamasa
Co-Executive Producers - 
Guy Avshalom, Christine Cow and Christine Otal
Co-Executive Producer/
Executives in Charge of 
Financing - Will French and Stephen Roberts
Co-Executive Producer/
Production Business & Legal Affairs - Lonnie Ramati
Producers - Gerald Butler, Mark Gill, Danny Lerner and Alan Siegel
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Ed Cathell III
Production Designer - Derek R. Hill
Cinematography - Conrad W. Hall
Stunt Coordinators - Lin Oeding and Keith Woulard
Visual Effects Supervisor - Wes C. Caefer
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - Evan Jacobs
Film Editor - John Refoua
Music - Trevor Morris

Due to be seeing LONDON HAS FALLEN, I've re-watched its predecessor OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN which is a hardcore, bloodthirsty and political action shooter of 2013. It was released in such a turbulent year where Hollywood took a slight downturn in movies that were not so great such as IRON MAN 3 (click here) STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (click here) and MAN OF STEEL (click here). Luckily that past year had some very exceptional movies that you may remember and one of them was OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. This is a much more successful feature than its light-hearted competitor WHITE HOUSE DOWN (click here) in terms of sharing the premise about the White House being invaded as both films are definite throwbacks of DIE HARD (click here). Seems to be that this is an extraordinary movie that might be both tempestuous and patriotic in displaying well-coordinated action and a massive amount of bloodshed. OLYMPUS is a labor of love for director Antoine Fuqua whose hybrid and newfound style have nearly outmatched Michael Bay's as he never attempted to deliver something that has plenty of thrills and action without any logic.

Featured in this knockoff is the relatively strong acting of Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. Though Butler was no Bruce Willis, he was a league on his own and this role could have been portrayed by someone else if it wasn't for him. Eckhart and Freeman's performances along with Butler's makes a lethal combination of fine casting choices to be in this ensemble.

OLYMPUS stands above DIE HARD and almost all of the other movies that have plainly borrowed its concept. It has cemented its place as one of the best movies made in 2013. Viewer discretion is advised that this feature is not recommended for those who were under the age of 15.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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