Olympus Has Fallen details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Aaron Eckhart, Radha Mitchell, Melissa Leo, Cole Hauser, Morgan Jaye Williams, Angela Bassett|
|Studio:||LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||UK top 50 weekly chart|
Olympus Has Fallen
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Aug 2013|
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Die Hard in the White HouseBy blackpolekev (248 reviews) from blackpole , 17 Apr 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]The title refers to the Secret Service code phrase meaning the White House has been infiltrated by terrorist forces and that these enemies now control it.
In scenes of mass destruction involving an airplane (reminiscent of 9/11), the White House is attacked by rogue North Korean forces and the President is captured and held hostage. All of the security staff are killed except for Gerard Butler who manages to remain hidden in the building, picking of the baddies one by one until the ultimate (and very predictable) final showdown with the gang's leader, who plans the nuclear annihilation of the USA. The terrorists are suitably merciless (well of course they are, they're North Koreans) and there are many, many shoot-outs and explosions. But hang on, doesn't this sound all too familiar? Yes, it's Die Hard under another guise, and Butler is the new John McClane. Still, McClane never got to save the whole of the USA, did he? Maybe in Die Hard 6. I don't think we'll be seeing an Olympus 2, but you never know.
Morgan Freeman has a more prominent role here than in Oblivion, his other film that's still showing in cinemas, but it's bad news for Radha Mitchell and Ashley Judd. Not long ago they would have been first or second in the cast list, now they are way down with the also-rans. The early scenes are certainly exciting enough, but it does tend to run out steam and being set mainly in one building and in semi-darkness makes it a bit claustrophobic after a while. Gerard Butler is a better hero than Bruce Willis's John McClane though.
Format: Cinema - Odeon Digital 8000 HD
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Paint by numbers action but worth a watchBy S9nun (20 reviews) , 21 Nov 2013This film marks the shift from the typical cinema baddies being German (70s) Russian (80s and 90s) Muslim (00's) to the Koreans. The many flaws aside this movie delivered exactly what you would expect. Its high octane and testosterone fuelled with some gratuitous shots of Butler sweaty, dirty and shirtless for the girls. Don't think too hard (you won't need too) and this is a well put together blockbuster where the action starts immediately and doesn't let up until the last three seconds (literally). You get a very god bless America and all who sail within her speech at its culmination but that's nothing new. I really enjoyed it, its cinematic escapism; implausible and exciting with no major twists and no surprises. Perfect for a night in.
Action packed but seen it all beforeBy a customer , 20 Nov 2013Had high expectations as the movie trailer looked great. Don't get me wrong it does what it says on the tin. It delivers a good story with action packed scenes but it just doesn't wow as wve seen the same similar scenario numerous other times. Worth a watch but you wont be sad if you didnt.
god bless cliche america !!!!By balotelli (46 reviews) from Manchester , 20 Nov 2013leave your brain at the door, what is Morgan Freedman doing starring in this ?. The old cliches are brought out including plenty of shots of the flag. Aaron Eckhart must be one of the worst actors going unless he`s auditioning for the role of a plank of wood !!!.
A heroic President? Make up your own mind!By Oldone (10 reviews) from Dunstable , 19 Nov 2013Very gripping film, lots of action sort of a Bruce Wills type film. One thing we noticed was that three members of the Government held a secret code, which the terrorists wanted. The Admiral give in very quickly, the women Secretary of State took a beating before being ordered by the President to give the code saying 'now they have to get the last code from me' Very heroic however the terrorists did get the last code (but we did not see how they managed it) but when we saw the President again there was not a mark on him! Very heroic eh?
As Good as TakenBy PeggySueToo (2 reviews) , 18 Nov 2013pretty damn good, as with any good film, even if I am tired, I shouldn't be able to fall asleep, it should be that entertaining that my brain wont allow me to & this film did exactly that & delivered!