Flash Movie Review: Olympus Has Fallen

Around the globe there are iconic structures that mean something to a variety of individuals. From the Grand Canyon to the Eiffel Tower, their fame becomes part of our memories, whether we have seen them with our own eyes or not. The first time I saw the White House I was standing outside of it as a peaceful rally was taking place. Suddenly there was a whirling sound that increased in tempo. The president’s helicopter rose above the White House and began to head towards us. I remember the helicopter moving higher above our heads as if it was floating on the breeze from our waving hands. With this memory I already had an investment in this action film. Transferred to a different department job after a tragic accident; secret service agent Mike Banning’s, played by Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen, Playing for Keeps), training kicked in when the White House came under attack. If it meant taking a bullet; Mike’s conditioning prepared him to do so in order to protect the president. The cast had a roster of fine actors to tackle the task of portraying powerful political figures. Aaron Eckhart (Rabbit Hole, Thank You for Smoking) as President Benjamin Asher, Morgan Freeman (Invictus, Million Dollar Baby) as Speaker Trumbull and Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River) as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan to name a few. Gerard was no-nonsense in his character; he handled his wisecracks as well as his killings. What bothered me was a majority of the fight scenes were cloaked in shadows, making it hard to see the action. Granted this would be an advantage for those who cannot watch bloody violence. The thing I found most annoying was the soundtrack. It was made of cloying dramatic musical swells that took tension away from the scenes. The story was standard good guy/bad guy fare with a couple of surprises and a few unrealistic notions. All the movie needed was the opportunity for the President to say at some point, “Not in my house!”  Scenes filled with graphic blood and violence.

2 1/2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 25, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This sounds good to me because I like all the actors, especially Angela Bassett who is never in enough movies imo.

    The only thing that would make your posts better is if you broke things down into paragraphs. Many times I lose my place in your review because I get lost amid the block of text. I’m sorry to complain because I do love your blog and reviews – maybe it doesn’t happen to all your readers.

    • Thank you for your comments. I liked the role Angela played in the film. May I suggest Akeelah and the Bee to see a wonderful film with Angela in it. I want to thank you for your feedback on my posts. I still feel I am in my infancy with blogging and am still evolving. When I first started I had only a few lines that made up my reviews. My goal was to keep the reviews short and no more than one paragraph. But who knows what the future holds with my writing. Take care.

      • Thank you for the film rec.! I’ll look for that one. Hopefully your future holds many more film reviews! I rely on reviews to know what’s worth a try, so please stay blogging!

  2. This is early running in the year but as action movies with pure entertainment value this I hope gets the audience. Good review and again I really enjoy your personal preamble linking into the review.

  3. “All the movie needed was the opportunity for the President to say at some point, “Not in my house!” ” – hahaha. clever pun. 😉 hello, moviejoltz… 🙂 ~ San

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