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Olympus Has Fallen

Thriller . Action

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster.

Actors: Shanna Forrestall , Tory Kittles , Finley Jacobsen , Dylan McDermott , Rick Yune , Radha Mitchell , Morgan Freeman , Angela Bassett , Aaron Eckhart , Gerard Butler
Directors: Antoine Fuqua
Country: USA
Release: 2013-03-22
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  • Liam Lacey

    Korean-American actor and former model Yune (who played a similar role in "Die Another Day," the last Pierce Brosnan James Bond film) makes a colourful villain – handsome and insufferably assured, and also an unchivalrous sadist who kicks around the Secretary of Defense (Melissa Leo in a pageboy wig) as though she’s a hacky sack.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Although the film's real-world credibility is shaky, it works on its own terms.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's that wonderful, totally unambitious yet satisfying thing, a really good movie.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    While Olympus Has Fallen breaks no major new ground in the political thriller genre, Fuqua has directed a sharp, very taut adventure that keeps you engrossed from start to finish.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    The action is the real star here, and it’s all good enough. It isn’t great – the aerial special effects are distractingly cheap – but at least there’s lots of it on display. Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Melissa Leo has some standout scenes as the secretary of defense, who gets pretty well beaten up for defying her captors, but others, such as Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman, have little to do but bite their lips and look tense from the confines of their command posts.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Any semblance of seriousness and verisimilitude suggested by the marketing campaign is quickly forgotten once director Antoine Fuqua's enjoyably tacky Die Hard-on-the-Potomac gets under way.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • The film spends its first act establishing a flimsy emotional groundwork before gleefully taking a sledgehammer to it just seconds into act two.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    The thrills and the effects are cheap, but this is in hard-driving, good-humoured command of its own silliness.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    A deep supporting cast brings its A-game to the ridiculous dialogue.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Perhaps every generation gets the movie stars it deserves. “Olympus” has quite a bit to say about the current state of our country. Intentions aside, not all of it is entirely flattering.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Generates a fair amount of tension and produces the kind of nationalistic outrage that rock-ribbed Americans will feel in their guts.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    A Red Dawn for the Tea Party era, Olympus Has Fallen is pretty ridiculously entertaining—or at least entertainingly ridiculous—for long stretches, dulled only by the realization that there are many parts of the country where this will play as less than total farce.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Olympus Has Fallen at least possesses the frisson of timeliness amid otherwise hoary action-movie cliches.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    This unapologetic B-movie at least keeps the action rolling, and the time goes by quickly. To put it another way, I’d rather see Gerard Butler stab a terrorist in the neck than flirt with Katherine Heigl.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    This is for those who like their political thrillers far-fetched, far-reaching and filled with pretty people.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    A North Korean terrorist may be responsible for taking the president hostage, but it’s Bulgarian-made CGI that does the most damage in Antoine Fuqua’s intense, ugly, White-House-under-siege actioner Olympus Has Fallen.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    For all the bursts of blood, the gunplay and execution-style head-shots that punctuate scores of deaths, it’s hard to see Olympus Has Fallen (Secret Service code) as much more than another movie manifestation of a first-person shooter video game.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Butler serves the cause well, considering. Think that cause is a thankless one? Shhh, don’t tell Secret Service agent Channing Tatum or president Jamie Foxx, headed your way in June with, yes, “White House Down.”

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The countdown-to-Armageddon structure generates almost no tension, but Olympus Has Fallen does have lots of squalidly bloody hand-to-hand action, all of which is so pulpy and standardthat the film actually makes you grateful for the presence of Gerard Butler, gnashing his teeth in the Bruce Willis role.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    The movie is so apolitical; there could have been a nice slant to the movie, about how both sides of the aisle could get together to kick out these Korean terrorists. Instead, it remains totally void.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Part of the weirdness of this film lies in the fact that the tense North Korean situation in the real world gives it no realism or satirical edge, or prophetic authority of any kind.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • David Denby

    The movie isn’t a desecration, but it’s action filmmaking, not America, that needs to be reborn.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    If you’re just going to rip off the action movies of yore, why not rip off more of the good stuff?

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    Feels from start to finish like a throwback to the action cinema and military thrillers of decades past.

    NPR Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Olympus Has Fallen is a disgusting piece of work, but it certainly hits its marks — it makes you sick with suspense.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Nearly everything that happens in Olympus Has Fallen is ludicrous, yet because the fate of the president and the nation hangs in the balance, the crisis is treated with the gravitas of Paul Scofield at the West End.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    It may be too much to ask for anything more, but, on the other hand, if you’re going to go to the trouble of pretending to blow up the White House, you might also want to pretend that something was at stake.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    [Antoine Fuqua] gives in to terrible instincts here, flirting with overwrought patriotism, one too many laugh lines amid numerous characters being shot in the head, and a general chaos-inspired editing technique all too rampant in today's action cinema.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Olympus Has Fallen is no fun at all. To the contrary, it soon grows tedious, odious and oppressive.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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