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When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster.
Action - This is a violent action film aimed at male moviegoers. Gerard Butler
fans will certainly enjoy though the cast is full of other known
faces who mostly get some choice roles and screen time, with the
exception of Ashley Judd, who makes only a brief appearance.
Violence and constant language make the film inappropriate for young
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Olympus Has Fallen offers all the staples of a big summer movie: destruction on an epic scale, plenty of shoot-outs and battle sequences, and a kick-ass hero who, despite being battered and bloodied, never gives up.
Roger EbertFull Review Good While 'Olympus Has Fallen' breaks no major new ground in the political thriller genre, Fuqua has directed a sharp, very taut adventure that keeps you engrossed from start to finish. It delivers some excellent visuals and a few surprising twists that add beautifully to the suspense.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Average 'Olympus Has Fallen' at least possesses the frisson of timeliness amid otherwise hoary action-movie cliches.
NY PostFull Review Average The film is a second-rate 'Air Force One' mashed up with a third-rate "Die Hard," with Gerard Butler striving mightily to be charismatic as the One Man Who Can Save the Day.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 156 moviegoers:
TEENS:All the males enjoyed "Olympus Has Fallen" very much with most rating it extremely high. Just over half the ladies loved it but a quarter only rated it "Good/Average," which is a bit low, but certainly not bad.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Great reviews from all the males and all but a couple of the females. Nearly everyone loved this movie.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar. Approximately three-quarters loved "Olympus Has Fallen." A few more rated it "Very Good," which indicates an above average movie they enjoyed very much. Only a small percentage rated it a bit on the low side with a review of "Good/Average."
A small group of heavily armed, meticulously trained extremists launch a daring daylight ambush on the White House, overrunning the building and taking President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his staff hostage inside an impenetrable underground presidential bunker. As a pitched battle rages on the White House lawn, former presidential security officer Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) joins the fray, and finds his way into the besieged building to do the job he has trained for all his life: to protect the president -- at all costs.
Banning uses his extensive training and detailed knowledge of the presidential residence to become the eyes and ears of Acting President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and his key advisors. With tension rising, the radicals begin executing hostages and threaten to kill more unless their outrageous demands are met, our national security team must relay on Banning to locate the president's young son, who is being sought as the ultimate test of the president's loyalty to his country, and rescue the president before the terrorists can unleash their ultimate, terrifying plan.