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.
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!”).
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.