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Olympus Has Fallen

Score: 94%
Rating: R
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home

Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 119 Mins.
Genre: Action/Thriller
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital,
           English Audio-Descriptive Track

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish


  • Digital Ultraviolet Copy of the Film

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is President Benjamin Asherís (Aaron Eckhart) number one man in his Secret Service detail. The two are good friends and Banning is a confidante of Archerís wife, Maggie (Ashley Judd), and his young son, Connor (Finley Jacobsen). However, following a horrific car accident which claims the life of Asherís wife, everyone doubts Banningís choices and abilities when it comes to the President, even if they outwardly say otherwise. Some 18 months later, Banning is detailed to the Treasury Department, but the desk job is killing him. He is bored and restless and his relationship with his wife, Leah (Radha Mitchell) is suffering. After meeting with Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs (Angela Bassett), he hopes to get back in on the action he once thrived upon.

Before he even has a chance, the unthinkable happens Ė terrorists take over the White House with amazing ease. With the world already on edge as North and South Korea are in the midst of a standoff, this new interloper with a grudge against the U.S., Kang (Rick Yune) is tipping the scales in North Koreaís favor. With the President and key cabinet members sequestered away as his hostages deep in the bowels of the White House, it seems that there is no chance for the survival of the Commander in Chief. But Banning knows his way around the big house and once he has a mission, he will complete it or die trying. For Speaker of the House Trumball (Morgan Freeman), who is made Acting President in the wake of the attack, Banning just might be the edge they have been praying for, but can he stop this madness before America pays the ultimate price?

Olympus Has Fallen reminds me a lot of the first Die Hard film, just without the comic relief. The action is intense and non-stop and Gerard Butler is one all-American Grade A badass. Iíve seen Butler in several films and I enjoy him as an actor, but he is great in the role of action hero, just great. Aaron Eckhart is perfect as a powerful but vulnerable leader, whether he is playing the President of the U.S. of A. or the District Attorney in a little town called Gotham City. Eckhart is a competent actor and does a great job. Melissa Leo as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan is simply fantastic, though. Man, can that woman take a hit! She is quite impressive in her role. Morgan Freeman does what he does best, playing the calm and competent leader, while Ashley Judd barely has enough screen time to make an impression. Overall, Olympus Has Fallen is a fantastic action movie and itís made all the more believable by current world events and the surprising lack of zombies (since zombies are the "in" thing right now, it seems. Not that I am complaining, mind you.) If you like a good action flick, definitely check out Olympus Has Fallen. Even though some of the special effects are obviously CG and there are no special features aside from the Ultraviolet copy, itís an intense ride with visual impact that you wonít soon forget.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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