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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Review of Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler

As a man you sometimes need to see a movie which feeds your primal instincts. A movie which is raw and visceral and packs a punch. Movies like Rambo and The Raid satisfy that need and show that you don’t need a lot of background story to do so. Olympus Has Fallen’s Rambo is Mike Banning, played by Gerard Butler. He is a former bodyguard of the president, who had to stop his service because something which happened in the past. The setting here is the White House and the bad guy is current Hollywood favorite, North Korea.

Review of Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler

What should be a diplomatic visit quickly turns into a full-out attack on one of the world’s most famous buildings. The thing about the attack is that it feels quite realistic, making the impact on the viewer a lot bigger. It seems easy to tak the fortress which is the White House. Of course during this attack a couple of typical mistakes are made which are needed for this type of movie (like allowing other people to go with the president) but look past those and it’s a “one man versus many” story. Extreme violence and lots of blood are part of that story and Butler battles like the blood of King Leonidas is pumping around in his body again (although he never yells out “This is Olympus!”).

Review of Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler

With these type of movies you already know how they will end, but it’s more about the ride than the destination itself. Olympus Has Fallen ticked all the right boxes for me to keep me entertained and keep the adrenaline pumping and sometimes that is all you need.

  • Dan O. says:

    Such a silly movie that I wish didn’t take itself so seriously to begin with. However, still a whole bunch of fun and probably a bit better than White House Down. Good review Nostra.

    July 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Well, I didn’t mind the seriousness which made it more raw to me. Have not seen White House Down yet, but am interested in seeing it.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  • Threerowsback says:

    Still have yet to catch up with this although am actually looking forward to it! Great review.

    July 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hope you will also enjoy it.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  • Erik says:

    You know I expected something totally rubbish but I ended up quite enjoying it. lol Good Review!

    July 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Nice when a movie manages to do that! Thanks.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm
  • Shawna G says:

    Some good action but the script is laughable. Good review.

    July 19, 2013 at 6:36 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, I can get into that. One thing which really stood out was the spot where the son was extracted…why didn’t they use that to go into the White House?

      July 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm
  • Rodney says:

    Ha ha… .if Butler had let rip with a “this is Olympuuuuuussssss” that would have been absolute gold!!!

    Great review, Nostra. I really enjoyed this film (a lot more than I expected, honestly!) and thought Butler did okay with what he had to work with. I still have to see that “other” White House film, but I expect to enjoy that one as well!!!

    July 20, 2013 at 6:16 am
    • Nostra says:

      Exactly…it would have been awesome if he had done that!

      Thanks Rodney and happy to see you also had a great time with it. Like you I also have to see that other one as well.

      July 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm
  • ruth says:

    I quite enjoyed this one though I’ve gone sour on Butler. He certainly makes a believable action hero and there are some funny moments in here as well.

    July 22, 2013 at 2:28 am
    • Nostra says:

      I know about your bitterness Ruth ;) but he was quite enjoyable here (although his character doesn’t have much depth (as most action stars))

      July 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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