Saturday, April 5, 2014

Olympus Has Fallen - Predictable Gerard Butler v. North Korea Standoff

Before watching this movie, I knew that this would be your traditional action movie where the hero always ends up getting what they want. Gerard Butler is a pretty good actor; so is Morgan Freeman. All seemed ok, and people thought it was a good movie for the most part.

Gotta say...it's a toss-up between Gerard Butler doing a crazy good job with the action sequences and Morgan Freeman telling others what to do that has me in this crazy bind of awesomeness.

Olympus Has Fallen tells the story of Mike Banning, played by Gerard Butler, a Secret Service agent to protect the President of the United States Benjamin Asher, played by Aaron Eckhart, and his family. When a crazy situation regarding the President goes wrong, Asher is asked to stop protecting the President. Months later, a sudden hostile takeover of the White House led by Korean terrorist Kang Yeonsack, played by Rick Yune, forces the President into a hostile situation, leaving Mike Banning the President's only hope.

I know this looks like a lot of text, but this is actually what is revealed more or less in the trailer of the movie.

Anyway, I'd like to start with some critiquing of some of the movie first. Why does the bad guy go in the open when he knows the good guy is out there waiting for him? I cannot believe the amount of times that Kang goes out of the Presidential bunker only not to expect Mike Banning when Kang knows that Mike Banning is out there.

Furthermore, why even fake Banning's death? I did not get that part at all. It didn't really do anything in the course of the plot. Banning ends up revealing himself anyway.

Yes, the suspense was killing me at some parts of the film. The action sequences were amazing. But I think the most tense moment in the entire film was when Speak Allan Trumbull, played by Morgan Freeman, tells US Army General Edward Clegg, played by Robert Forster, to stand down. No kidding. Screw the big guns and secret weapons. That was the most tense I've ever been.

I give this movie a 4/5.

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