I sincerely hope that we never see the graphic images for real that are brilliantly portrayed in the action-thriller movie, “OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN”! Gerard Butler gives the best performance of his career in this non-stop action adventure that does the best job I’ve ever seen of delivering awesome action on the screen, but keeps it REAL, so that it is not so over-the-top that you are sitting there thinking, “That could never really happen.” like most of the “Mission Impossible” movies or the “Die Hard” movies. Butler plays a secret service agent who is disgraced and demoted after a tragic accident who finds himself on desk duty in the Treasury Department, wishing he could return back to protecting the President and his son.
Gerard Butler as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning sees the attack on Washington taking place outside his window at the Treasure Department.
In a very meticulously planned and executed plot to take over the White House and capture the President along with key cabinet officials, the North Koreans successfully attack the White House just as the President is meeting with the South Korean delegation and are whisked away to an underground bunker beneath the White House where he can take command. For the safety of the Korean delegation, they are rushed along into the bunker with the President and his staff, only to discover after they are safely secured behind the locked vault doors that members of the Korean delegation are not South Korean but North Korean who quickly subdue all security and begin to execute their plan to steal the nuclear codes for our missiles across the United States.
The White House is nearly destroyed in the onslaught massacre.
The Koreans note to the President, “It takes your nearest military 15 minutes to respond in a crisis. We took you down in 13.” The terrorists know that the President will never divulge his portion of the nuclear codes unless they can get his son, Connor to use as leverage. After seeing the carnage taking place at the White House, Mike Banning, played by Butler, springs into action with his Special Ops training kicking in and running on adrenaline overdrive he finds his way into the White House as security forces and secret service agents are dropping like flies all around him. His primary mission is to find and rescue the President’s son.
Connor, the President’s son, code name “Sparkplug” is found by Agent Banning.
When Banning informs the operations center, “Sparkplug is secure!”, the theater cheered and clapped, one of many audible audience reactions throughout the movie. “OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN” is a very engaging film, particularly with our heightened awareness of the terrorism dangers we face daily in the United States since 9/11. When an attack plane clips the Washington Monument as it is crashing to the Washington Mall lawn, the images of it starting to crumble and implode upon itself was almost too reminiscent of the World Trade Center towers toppling down.
It is amazingly ironic that this movie is being released just at a time when North Korea is actually escalating their military powers and antagonizing the United States, South Korea, and all of our allies with threats of nuclear attacks and war.
Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman and the military operations center watch helplessly as one after another rescue effort is thwarted by the North Korean intruders.
Morgan Freeman plays the Speaker of the House who takes over as acting President when both the President and Vice President are taken hostage. I would hope that in a real situation such as the one portrayed in the film, that the leaders’ decision making would not be swayed quite as easily as it was depicted in the movie, sacrificing the safety of the entire country just for the sake of saving one small group of people or one man, or that our military is really as inept and easily defeated in real life as they are in this film. “OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN” is rated “R” due to the violence and bloody scenes throughout the movie. With the realism of the set design and depictions of Washinton, D.C. sites, it seems like our nation’s capitol must actually be in a shambles. That’s how REAL this movie feels. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and even though it is violent and bloody, it’s not anything worse than most kids see these days in their video games.
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Opinionated Computer Technician, former Pastry Chef, Realtor, and jack of many trades- master of a few. Avid movie goer who attends advance screenings to give his opinion on upcoming movies. Happily divorced father of two daughters and grandson. A small town guy living in the big city of New York.