Olympus Has Fallen
Saving the kidnapped President was not the first and most important mission of this movie. The main mission was to rescue Gerard Butler from the quagmire of romantic comedies he was trapped in so he could then save the Die Hard type of action movie from the pitiful ruins of the last Bruce Willis boondoggle. I am pleased to report “Mission Accomplished”!
I’m not saying Gerard Butler is my new man crush for the long term. That still remains a toss up between Brad Pitt and George Clooney, but Gerard has got my attention.
This is the first really good action movie of the year. There is another movie about an attack on the White House coming in June called White House Down starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx and I’m sure it will be good but the bar has been set.
Butler plays Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent in charge of guarding the President played by Aaron Eckhart. He is sidelined after an incident that caused the death of the First Lady played by Ashley Judd for the first 10 minutes of the movie. I think we have found her niche. She is awesome for 10 to 15 minutes and I’m pretty sure there is a good living doing that.
While the President is meeting with a South Korean official and his body guards the White House comes under attack. As they rush the President to the bunker he takes the South Koreans with him. I’m pretty sure in real life that ain’t happening. It would be like, “hey me and my guys are going to run down the hall for a minute, ya’ll hang out here and have some snacks and I’ll be right back”. When they are secure in the bunker the Koreans turn on everybody. Outside the terrorists take over the White House. Everybody is wiped out but Butler makes it to the White House and gets inside where he starts taking down the bad guys. In the Bunker are the President, Vice President, Secretary of Defense, and anybody else who is important. The Speaker of the House Trumbull is played by Morgan Freeman and he assumes the presidency. Who better?
Everything is great except one little detail. One of the things the terrorists are after are the codes for our nukes. All 3 people who have the individual codes are in the bunker. How does this happen? The 2 guys that know the formula for Coca Cola can’t fly on the same plane or be in the air at the same time but the only three people who can blow up civilization as we know it are hanging out together? Well at least during the apocalypse we will be able to enjoy a refreshing soft drink.
2 hours, Rated R for violence and language.
My Score: A Full 6 Pack of Bud