Sunday, March 24, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen/Review

Olympus Has Fallen.. The heart pounding, roller coaster non-stop action thriller opened in theaters this week and has already shone to be the blockbuster possibly for the year. The story of North Korean terrorists attacking Washington D.C. and taking control of the White House.                                                          
Featuring a cast of hardened, veteran action movie stars including Gerald Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell. Moviegoers will not find this to be a disappointing film. The chemistry of these actor is just great........

Olympus Has Fallen is powerfully intriguing and not for the fainthearted or easily alarmed. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Replacement Killers, Shooter, Tears of the Sun) the film drops viewers directly into the battle, gut-wrenching scenes that are as painful as they are realistic.

The White House sets the scene for this thriller when former secret service operative Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself having to return to active duty- when a hostile force takes over the White House. Abandoning his job at the treasury dept.                                                                                                  

Banning runs into a fray of hostiles as he battles his way into besieged building and wages a lone battle against Korean terrorist in the corridors of the famed building (code named Olympus).

Banning a former Special Forces and Ranger trained operative coordinates his tactics with speaker of the house and acting president Allan trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and secret service head  (Angela Bassett) to free the president of The United States Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart).

This films moves from beginning to the payoff managing to marry gritty character drama with one man action storyline.

There isn't much to the Banning character except the fact that his motivations are plain and simple (he is wracked and disturbed from a past failure) yet manages to dish up plenty of tormenting attitude to the terrorist while attacking and killing his adversaries at every chance possible.

Olympus Has Fallen..Run 120 minutes and is rated R for strong violence and language throughout the film...

Olympus Has Fallen is directed by Antoine Fuqua based on a script by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt in their first screenwriting effort. The production company (Millennium Films) acquired the (Spec Script) in March 2012, and Gerard Butler was cast later in the month as the star.   The rest of the characters were cast throughout June and July. Filming began in (Shreveport, Louisiana,) in mid-July 2012.                  


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