So, I just caught Olympus has fallen with my girlfriend (yes she actually wanted to watch it too), and I had pre-empted myself to leave my brain at the door with the expectation that this might be a B-grade flick, hell, am 80s storyline flick. Needless to say I was not disappointed and not surprised at the movie either. Special effects were decent, although its definitely easy to see the composited scenes and 3d models of aircraft or buildings in the movie. Avater quality 3-d, it certainly was not. But, it was actually entertaining and fun to watch despite the many moments that caused me to grimace at the dialogue or logic of the scene. Without giving away too much, I would recommend this film as a popcorn flick to enjoy with ur mates to enjoy, if you can leave ur brain at the door. Three words: 80s era movie.
*ANYWAYS, on with my ranting! Spoilers ahead, ye be warned! Oh, and I would really recommend one reads this after watching the movie. My writing maybe rather disjointed and confusing if you have not watched it, but if you have, then you probably know what parts im talking about.*
SO, as I have mentioned, the movie trailer itself gave me an impression that it was rather '80s' themed as it goes with the whole 'one man army' story, save the president, save the world from nuclear disaster. Wheres Seagal or Arnold when you need them? Granted that this time, the enemy came in the form of the North Koreans than the traditional Communist Reds. When the movie/trailer has a character that goes, "He's ex-Special Forces" then you KNOW you are in for a treat. 80s-Commando-One-Man-Killing-Machine-BADASS-mofo style! Enter Mike Banning. Ex-SF, ex-Secret Service, ex-loving husband, and current desk job bound paper-pusher. "Wads da madder Dillon? Agency god yuu pusheeng too maneee penzils??" Emotionally attached SS operator who has been shuffled out of his job for saving the President (Aaron Eckhart) during a car accident which unfortunately (and through no fault of his) results in the First lady going for a swim in the icy depths. Needless to say, she didn't warm up to that idea and hasn't been seen since. Seriously though, all those SS men and only 3 guys jump on the car to try n weigh it down? Wheres everyone else? Also, why the HELL are they mulling about staring at each other when the car goes down into the drink. I mean, they are supposed to be professionals no?
Anyways, skip to present day and the North Koreans and the South Koreans, 'Kims' and 'Parks' all, are posturing for all out war. Somehow they manage to infiltrate an agent, no scratch that, a FULL TACTICAL team of agents into the South Korean delegation without anyone else knowing into the White House for a meet and greet with the POTUS. As this is happening, an AC-130 (scriptwriter clearly enjoyed the AC-130 sequence from Call of Duty 4 very much) flies into Washington DC, and is NOT shot down. Really. You expect me, ME! A foreigner to believe that after 9-11 a un-identified MILITARY aircraft flying into DC is not going to be taken as a threat and shot down or forced out of the sky. Well, I'm ranting, to cut this short: AC-130 flies into DC, shoots down 2 F-22s, blasts the CRAP out of downtown DC, is finally destroyed by another F-22 as a ground contingent of N-Koreans attack and force their way into the White House killing ALL, I say again, ALL the security in place. Police, Secret Service, Marines, and other US security Forces stationed on the ground. Amongst all this, Banning (Butler) somehow manages to slip into the action by entering the fiasco BEHIND the enemy forces killing many of them with his manly pistol and somehow getting in FRONT of them into the White House. "This is MADNESS! -- No! This is BUTLER!" That's some Chris Angel mindfreak stuff right there.
Anyways, so the suspicious looking people in the S-Korean delegation spring their trap and are revealed to be *gasp* from the North! They lock themselves in the presidential bunker under the destroyed white White House and take POTUS and his staff hostage. They are after some Top Secret Nuclear Codes to detonate all the US Nuclear Stockpiles and ICBM missiles, yada yada, as well as the removal of all US forces in the Korean Peninsula and surrounding territorial waters (Probly so that the North can invade the South without hindrance from those pesky Yanks. Get the codes, blow up the states, NK wins, US and friends lose. Simple as that. One by one they go on kill, torture to get the codes from the 3 top staff of the US Govt. They get the first and second, because the President gives in to them. The PRESIDENT gives in to them, not the staff members themselves! Heck, he seems more like hes colluding with the N-Koreans! Hell, the lady Secretary of Defence had larger balls than he did. And dont even get me started on POTUS's son, Connor. He was supposed to be the reason the NKs were looking for him to get the Prez to talk, but the Prez still gave up the code WITHOUT the son being found. Like huh?
After the White House and the Presidential Staff are lost, Morgan Freeman, God, takes over the reigns as acting President. He mainly spends his time asking about whats happening, looking rather moody and lost, "Who IS THAT guy?", and asking for that one cup of coffee. Chalk up a failed Navy SEAL raid, indecision and brooding looks from him, I think this is certainly not one of Morgan's finer acting roles. The emergency government that are in place as the crisis goes on are terribly useless. Everyone in the background seems to be just looking happy when something good happens, and more often than not, sad and disappointed as tragic situations befall them. Be it a failed Navy SEAL insertion by a rambunctious general, to finding out that Cerberus has been activated (Morgan Freeman went "Oh God." when he should actually have said "Oh, Me."), gleeful thumbs-up as Connor is saved, and finally all back slappy-huggy as they find out that POTUS has been saved.
So, as all that went on, Manning (Butler) is topside in the crippled White House, destroying the Persians single-handedly with his manly fists and - Wait. What? Oh, that's another movie? Sorry, I mean that he is single-handedly destroying the North Koreans with his manly fists and his guns. He even stops to chest bump with the main NK baddy: Kang. The good-ol, 'Whose-balls-are-bigger' swagger and trash talk each other scene. Thumbs up. So either way he saves POTUS's son, kills more baddies, and basically saves the White House, with the climax ending in a mano-a-mano fist-fight to the death. Throw in a couple knives, and Kang ends up shish-kebab. Manning saves the day, and gets his good ol job back. "'MERICA!"
The movie at the end of the day certainly entertained and had a few edge of your seat moments. Given the cheesy dialogue, and some rather genuinely funny moments, as well as awkwardly laughable scenes, Olympus has Fallen is a movie to escape from reality for awhile and just go along for the ride. It does however bring to mind questions of how a real world scenerio like such might unfold if it took place, or if things could get that far, as well as the parallels with the current North Korean situation.
Lastly, that expression of the North Korean commando who went down into the basement to search for Connor was simply hilarious! ( : o)