Olympus Has Fallen – 3 out of 5
Well, if I was President (I would run on a platform of making sure we have a national holiday to celebrate how awesome peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are), I think I would want Gerard Butler to come save my ass if some terrorists came and overran the White House. But I’m NOT President and Butler has asked me to stop calling him so that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
|Butler, seen here wondering if he'll get to do a sequel to The Bounty Hunter.|
|It didn't help that half the Secret Service on the ground were|
yelling, "Pew Pew Pew" back at the plane.
Olympus Has Fallen didn’t completely wow me as a viewer but it didn’t act as a complete waste of time either. The movie isn’t perfect, it has some issues. The action is great, I liked the cast but the movie doesn’t have enough content to fill its two hour running length so it ends up dragging at points.
|There's a dick joke in here somewhere...|
|I believe in Harvey Dent--I mean, vote for Eckhart!|
|It ain't easy being Morgan Freeman.|
|McDermott, looking like he showed up to set drunk.|
|Okay, despite the fact he looks like his girlfriend just said she's breaking up with him|
in this pic, trust me, he was a great villain.
All this is moot, however, because the real reason to watch this movie is to see shit blow up. This movie doesn’t disappoint on the action front. In fact, the moment the assault on the White House starts, things get pretty damn awesome. There are enough explosions within this time frame that would make Michael Bay pass out from exhaustion due to furious masturbation. The action even gets pretty grim as they don’t shy away from the darkest of the dark as director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) did NOT refrain from violence towards women.
|I would make fun of the face Butler is making but it's far more dignified than the |
one I would make while holding and firing a gun.
Let’s face it, in movies it’s usually faceless dudes that take bullets to the skull during shoot outs and this movie actually showed a woman take a bullet to the brain. I’m not use to seeing such things, so that was a little bit surprising. This ended up making much of the action less about glorious fun as we see bright balls of flame and billowing clouds of smoke as the bullets fly and the bodies die, but more about the nasty and grisly nature of violence. It was clear that Fuqua wasn’t making a film that made violence look cool but a film that showed you violence can be just absolutely horrifying…seriously, a lot of people die in this movie and most of them are not the bad guys.
|Like that old lady there...yeah, she's not going to make it.|
I dig action movies but I really dug the way Fuqua treated the violence in this film—even if it sometimes came with times where the special effects were questionable. However, the movie, despite how the trailer and poster looked, isn’t a boom-boom, shoot ‘em up orgy. There’s actually some story going on…sadly, there wasn’t enough content in the story to fill the two hour running length so there are plenty of moments (mostly towards the end) where the movie starts to drag and I found myself saying, “Let’s just get to the final fight between Banning and Kang.”
|This is what Michael Bay sees every time he closes his eyes.|
Olympus Has Fallen has plenty of issues but they weren’t overpowering enough to keep me from getting some entertainment from the film. Even thought the performances aren’t the best, I still liked the cast. Even though the film’s protagonist is flat, the antagonist is great. And even though some of the special effects look ridiculous, the action is wild…albeit, often horrifying. Is this a movie I will watch again? Probably not. Was this movie a Die Hard set in the White House? Absolutely not. But there’s some good going on and it was enough to justify the money spent to see it at the budget cinema…but don’t tell the theater I snuck in for this one.