Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen - Decent Action Flick

      Olympus Has Fallen was a good action movie.  Was it mind blowing?  No.  Was it so bad I wanted to turn in off?  No.  It fell right in the middle those two.  Gerard Butler has emerged as a modern day “action movie hero” in the same vein as the Sylvester Stallone’s and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s of the 1980’s.  The film is a “what if” centered on a team of North Korean terrorists who manage to take over the white house and hold the president and his staff hostage.  Butler plays the President’s former top secret service agent who in recent months has been reduced to a desk job for reasons revealed in the first 10 minutes of the film.  After the initial attack on the white house, Butler moves in to save the day and rescue the hostages while simultaneously taking out all the bad guys.  The movie is filled with explosions and gun battles, and is a non-stop thrill ride (for lack of a better cliché).  Supporting roles by Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House and Aaron Eckhart as the President are great, but surprisingly small roles, especially for Freeman.  Overall the film kept me entertained for the duration of its two hour run time and at the end of the day, that’s really all one can hope for in an action movie like this.  Would I see it again? Probably.  Would I go out and buy it? Probably not.

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