HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Morfalous, Les
Dreambuilders
Everything Went Fine
Lux AEterna
Rum Runners
Fairy and the Devil, The
Mad God
Outside the Law
I Remember Mama
Superman Unbound
Lawrence of Belgravia
House Across the Lake, The
Wonder Park
Hornsby e Rodriguez
Operation Mincemeat
5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes
Scoob!
Earwig
Offseason
Peau Douce, La
Double Indemnity
Na Cha and the Seven Devils
Deep Murder
Superman vs. the Elite
Adam Project, The
Osamu Tezuka's Last Mystery of the 20th Century
Horse, La
Buffaloed
Train Robbers, The
Let Sleeping Cops Lie
Abominable
Funeral, The
Burning Sea, The
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Olympus Has Fallen Team America: Now Irony-Free
Year: 2013
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Finley Jacobsen, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Phil Austen, James Ingersoll, Freddy Bosche, Lance Broadway, Keong Sim, Robert Forster, Ashley Judd
Genre: Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Eighteen months ago the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) was preparing to attend a function with the First Lady (Ashley Judd) and his young son Connor (Finley Jacobsen), though not before he donned his boxing gloves and sparred with his favourite Secret Service Agent, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler). Once they had finished that, they were driven out into the night, where the snowstorm was growing ever thicker, and as it was nearly Christmas the President's wife gave him a watch as a present, but just as they were bathing in the glow of their marriage, a tree hit their limousine and it was sent crashing into the side of a bridge...

Fast forward to the present day, and poor old Mike has lost his favoured status because he is widely blamed for not saving the First Lady when the car dropped into the icy river below. Though he did save the President, which apparently counted for nothing, as he is swiftly demoted to a desk job by the time we catch up with him, but rest assured he is about to have his time in the sun once more, and that's thanks to his ability with extreme violence. Yes, if even half the security around The White House was as efficient at slaughtering the enemy as Banning was, this movie would have been a hell of a lot shorter.

What he, and the combined forces of the United States, have to contend with is a contingent of North Korean terrorists, seemingly picked because the filmmakers didn't have the courage to make the bad guys the sort of people who actually did carry out terrorist attacks on their soil, that was Islamic fundamentalists and highly paranoid right wingers with access to weaponry, which may or may not be interconnected when you boiled it down. In spite of the Koreans having the blame pinned on them here, we could tell what the movie was really alluding to when the Washington Monument was struck by a plane and collapsed not unlike a certain pair of towers of a certain genuine terrorist attack over a decade before this was released.

You could accuse this of tasteleness, but Olympus Has Fallen (not another Clash of the Titans reboot as you may have thought from that title) was merely taking its cue from countless other blockbusters of its century where watching the status quo dismantled through force was a cathartic experience for the audience, or that was the idea. Yet what this tapped into was the guilty pleasure status of the eighties action movie where Sylvester Stallone or Chuck Norris or one of those musclebound guys took on the might of the Communist aggressors and well and truly came up the victor. Which was why many fans of that era's dumbest flicks found themselves warming to this.

Butler growled his way through his Bruce Willis in Die Hard in The White House role with two-fisted aplomb, it wasn't much of a stretch for him but he was physical enough to make you glad he wasn't appearing in yet another horrendous romcom. He was supported by a cast of veterans playing the government staff, leading with Morgan Freeman drafted in as the Speaker to take over when the North Koreans assault the heart of the nation and hold the President hostage in his bunker. We can tell head baddie Rick Yune is truly evil when we realise he was wearing glasses - but didn't really need them! The cad! Although he's not as vile as the double crosser who reveals himself to be worse than a Communist terrorist, he's a secret liberal, not what Banning will tolerate once he twigs what is going on. Director Antoine Fuqua made a bid for blockbuster success by making the explosions and gunfire his most important characters, and unless you didn't care to see a middle-aged woman beaten up on the blood and thunder level it passed the time adequately; just please don't take it seriously. Music by Trevor Morris.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2487 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: