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Movie review: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen
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Movie review: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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When Korean terrorists take control of the White House, threatening to kill The President and members of his Cabinet, disgraced Secret Service agent Mike Banning must come to the rescue once again. As the terrorists implement their plan Mike realizes he may be the only one who understands what is happening and acts to save The President.

Gerard Butler (Mike), Aaron Eckhart (President), Finley Jacobsen (Connor), Dylan McDermott (Forbes), Rick Yune (Kang), Morgan Freeman (Speaker), Angela Bassett (Director Jacobs), Melissa Leo (Sec. of Def. McMillan).

Olympus Has Fallen begins with some fairly elaborate back-story and character development that is high with tension and drama. From there the film hits a slight lull as we move forward in time and have to relearn role changes for some of the characters. When the plot finally gets rolling things get much more interesting through to the requisite happy ending.

Acting was good with Butler doing a nice job in a role that suited him well. Eckhart did okay but just doesn't feel authentic as The President. McDermott added some depth to the film with his part but probably could have contributed more given the chance. Yune made a great antagonist as always, while Freeman and Basset easily slid in to round out the cast nicely.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all well done with a solid, quality feel indicating this one had a pretty good budget. Effects were mild and used to support the storyline rather than for extreme dramatic effect. Dialogue was good and helped keep the film moving forward to the end. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

Overall Olympus Has Fallen is two hours of enjoyable entertainment with action, thrills, suspense, and crime backed up by a solid cast and technical work. Fans of crime thrillers will enjoy this the most.

With plenty of violence, some gore and foul language, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 12.2.13
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Crime Action & Adventure, Military Action & Adventure

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