From the opening trailers, it is evident that the White House is under attack. U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), is routinely taken to the bunker of the White House. This is its most protected area, ideal for keeping people out. However, when the President is held captive in this area, there is an enormous problem to get someone inside to rescue him.
The hero, Mike Banning, is played by Gerard Butler. Through no fault of his own, Banning is demoted from Head of the Secret Service and despises his new security position in the Finance Department. However, when the White House comes under attack, he is close enough to the action to work his way inside.
The film has a decent cast including Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and Dylan McDermott. The President’s son, played by a young Finley Jacobsen, adds heart to the film that seems to be lacking otherwise. The finesse brought to the first few scenes by the President’s wife (Ashley Judd) soon fades away once the plot begins to thicken.
Olympus Has Fallen is hurt by the amount of strong language and gruesome violence in key sequences of the film. Furthermore, the villain, Kang (brilliantly played by Rick Yune), fits too well into a stereotypical mold of a certain people group. His accomplices do the same. The level of carnage the filmmakers show goes far beyond what is truly necessary to tell the story. Since the film makes no attempt to be politically correct, this limits the potential audience willing to sit through it.
The most heartbreaking moment of the story is when the villain reveals why he has chosen to attack the United States with such ferocity. Kang wanted the American people to experience what most of the world does: to be poor, hungry, and without. In other words, Americans are seen as spoiled, overweight, self-centered people who do not appreciate what they have.
This point is valid in some cases. However, America should not be stripped to match their condition. Instead, all that can be done should be done to make the rest of the world as blessed as Americans are. Also, more Americans can display their sense of gratitude for what they have. Then, other countries very well may change their attitudes towards Americans. This is the correct way to tackle this situation.