Olympus Has Fallen

Australian Release: April 18, 2013, Running: 120mins, Rated: MA15+

Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman

I was lucky enough to see a preview screening of Olympus Has Fallen recently (thank you Roadshow Films).

It was an interesting experience, the basic premise is an action flick starring the (I think) usually very cool Gerard Butler but surprisingly it was all a bit unoriginal and uninspiring. Even laughable at some points, the audience couldn't help but guffaw inappropriately.

Here is my review published for Alternative Media Group:


Former Presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) puts himself inside the White House or ‘Olympus’, during a highly organised terrorist attack. When Olympus falls and incredulously every other agent is slaughtered, it is up to Banning to singlehandedly save the President and the day.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) Olympus Has Fallen is full of over-the-top action and cheesy one-liners. It is easy entertainment where everyone is expendable, except for the President, of course.

Butler is believable as a heroic former agent, but even he cannot carry the film on his carved shoulders alone.

Excessively patriotic shots of a burnt American flag and bloodied but defiant Presidential staff don’t make up for the abundance of plot flaws throughout. Overkill is an understatement.

'Big Dog' Gerard Butler and 'President' Aaron Eckhart
'Big Dog' Gerard Butler and 'President' Aaron Eckhart

Also in attendance were Margaret and David from ABC's At The Movies. Even Margaret had to comment on the audience's contagious chuckling during some moments.

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