With a hair-trigger premise and plenty of restrained brain power, Olympus Has Fallen offers point-and-click action and a tough-as-nails cast.
And while the synopsis alone will likely elude the fact that you’ve seen this shunned-underdog-saves-the-world scenario countless times before, from the highs of the Die Hard franchise, to the rock-bottom chops of films like Executive Decision and Mercury Rising; still, Olympus throttles through its dated clichés with energy to spare. Butler plays the poor-man’s Willis well, evoking enough John McClane into his character Banning to make the outrageousness of it all bearable, while firmly keeping an authentic Secret Service demeanor. And though the entire production feels like an explosion of red, white and blue all over the pavement, while the trumpets blare and everyone moves in hardened slow-motion to a “Sweet Home Alabama” track blaring in the background, for those that love the superficial thrills of a ride complete with blow your hair back action and a white-knuckle pace, the adrenaline Gods have certainly blessed this Olympus.
Replacing the usual commentary track for a five-part behind the scenes reel, the extras menu hosts an abridgment of all action areas, covering impressions from the cast and director Antoine Fuqua – Fuqua considers his film quite the cautionary tale, and repeatedly issues warnings about Olympus’ real-life applications – to brief breakdowns of a few key stunt sequences. The film’s visual effects are also momentarily touched upon in “Creating the Action,” which highlight additional key moments, and the entire agenda ends on a surprisingly light note with a 2+ minute gag reel. So with plenty of scrappy shoot’em up reasons, to mount a bald eagle on your back and shout, “Freedom,” Olympus Has Fallen is full of all the frays and clichés you know and – mostly – love anyway.
Studio Synopsis: 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 (Gerard Butler) finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning¹s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis. The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua from a screenplay by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt.
Running Time: 120 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
- Five featurettes:
*Under Siege: The Making of Olympus Has Fallen
*The Epic Ensemble
*Creating the Action: Visual FX & Design
*Deconstructing the Black Hawk Sequnce
*Ground Combat: Fighting the Terrorists
Central Cast: Gerard Butler | Morgan Freeman | Aaron Eckhart | Angela Bassett | Melissa Leo | Dylan McDermott
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Central Writers: Creighton Rothenberger | Katrin Benedikt
Theatrical Release: March 22, 2013
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: August 13, 2013
Genre: Action | Thriller
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE