The start of the blockbuster movies is early this year. With the release of Olympus Has Fallen, it’s the worst day in American fictional history.
Director: Antoine Fuqua, Writers: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt Run Time: 120 mins
- Gerard Butler as Mike Banning,
- Aaron Eckhart as President Benjamin Asher
- Morgan Freeman as Allan Trumbull
- Angela Bassett as Lynne Jacobs,
- Robert Forster as US Army General Edward Clegg,
- Cole Hauser as Agent Roma,
- Ashley Judd as Margaret Asher,
- Melissa Leo as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
- Dylan McDermott as Dave Forbes,
- Radha Mitchell as Leah Banning,
- Rick Yune
I saw this trailer and the title a few weeks back and loved the idea. Olympus being the golden jewel of Roman/Greek mythology, the place where gods would sit and control mortals fates and destinies–which happens to be sort of what any and all governments are. But, this isn’t in any way a brain teasing movie. This is Gerald Butler kicking ass, short of kicking a man down and instead saying this is the White House! /this is America!
I thought the idea of this was crazy, and from the trailer above, the action would be too. And it is. This is bringing back solo, gun-toting heroes to the forefront once again, like back in the 80’s-90’s; A one man army goes and saves the day, the way action movies should be. But it’s not only great with action, everything seemed very plausible. The stunts weren’t crazy and over the top, nor were they under performed. In all honesty, if you’re a gamer and have played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, this is the movie you wanna see. It really has a drastic effect from the minute the crisis starts until the end credits.
Not only is it heavy in action, but the two-hour long (on the dot) story is well written too. Some time passes in the movie, and the way they catch you up is beyond natural. Seamless even. Oh, and there are one liners. What’s an action movie without one liners? Morgan Freeman has a very bad ass moment, one you wouldn’t expect. But again, it’s very logical and evident of the times. The cast was very believable in each role.
The flaws I noticed, was a minor use of CGI. The place setting for this movie is in Washington D.C., and I can only imagine the hardships faced to film a story like this there. That being said, for one scene there’s a CGI modelled scene and it’s honestly lazily done. Also, given the clear holidays of in the movie, I wonder if releasing it now was the best choice.
Bottom line: This is one of the movies that wrap you in and make you wanna clap in the climatic battle. Is it a movie that leaves you guessing? Of course not. You’re not gonna have the white house under siege and have the bad guy win. But for the story, the potential to relate to characters, and the action/entertainment value, this movie is well done. Probably the best of its class (class being terrorism in America type action movie).
- Overall rating of the movie: 4.3 out of 5,
- Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
- Editing: 3.7 out of 5,
- Audio: 5 out of 5,
- Acting: 4.3 out of 5,
- Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worthy of every penny for entertainment value. would suggest adding to any action movie lover’s dvd/blu-ray collection.
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW