By Maksim Lazarevic
Release Date: March 22nd 2013
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angella Bassett
Director Antoine Furqua’s film “Olympus has Fallen” shows the journey of a Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) whose sole job is to keep the president safe. But after a tragic accident, Banning is demoted and spends the next eighteen months sitting at an office desk starring at nothing but the White House. When suddenly the White House (code name: Olympus) is under attack by hostile forces, Banning quickly runs back in Olympus right before the doors close retaking his name as a loyal secret service operative.
From a terrorist attack the situation has turned into a nuclear war against the United States of America. The President (Aaron Eckhart) has been taken hostage with many of his colleagues into the White House’ bunker. Acting President (Morgan Freedman) now attempts to save the President and the country from a nuclear disaster. With all odds against them Banning slowly moves around the White House with the Pentagon in his ear and try’s to save the country.
The movie makes a big impact by its action packed trailer and thrilling ads. It is expected, by most of its audience, to be like any other action movie that Gerard Butler has filmed. Surprisingly it has a pretty interesting twist; it includes many lines of hilarious comedy. The crowd goes absolutely wild whenever Butler delivers a hilarious line. It is definitely one of the shining moments of the movie.
However interesting the movie was, it was very difficult to make. Antoine Furgua said that it was “extremely difficult but totally worth it”. He enjoys, even as a young child, to watch movies that have a lot of reality going on and that can be easily pictured into your head. He said “I know that reality attracts a lot of people and I had to make sure Olympus has Fallen had exactly that”. Farqua achieved his goal with an amazing plot, intriguing storyline and heroic finish.
In conclusion, “Olympus has Fallen” delivers a lot of action, comedy and thriller for your money. It hands down beats any other action movies for the month. But the real question is, does Banning save the President and the United States from a nuclear meltdown? See for yourselves this long weekend.
My rating: 4.5/5.