Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus has fallenStarringGerard ButlerAaron EckhartMorgan Freeman

Directed byAntoine Fuqua

Year: 2013

Plot: North Korean terrorists swarm the White House, take the president plus the entire cabinet hostage, and start executing them one-by-one. Morgan Freeman is somewhat bored by the task of orchestrating their rescue, which is, as we understood, entrusted to the one man commando – Gerard Butler.

Pros: At times Olympus reminded us of Hot Shots, Part Deux, but done with a straight face. Apparently Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, the writers of this piece, committed another script together: The Expendables 3, currently (2013) in post-production. We can’t wait.

Cons: Perhaps its not surprising that the new semantics of war bears fruit such as this rare piece of shait. You know what type of movie it’s going to be from the establishing shots of the flag, to the closing shot of the flag, if not from the first time the word terrorist is uttered. There is plenty of flag in between: tattered by the bullets, thrown down by the terrorists, splattered by their guts, flag, flag, flag. Here’s a hint: the tagline of Olympus reads: ‘When our flag falls our nation will rise’. Clearly there is some kinetic equation at work here. But if the flag and the sort of cloying, inch-deep sentimentality mixed with a nauseating conviction of natural supremacy of Americans as human beings and copious amounts of graphic violence are your thing, than the 119 minutes of Olympus will delight you.

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