Quick Hit: An entertaining film that is just what you would expect: a fun shoot-em up with little to no plot.
It’s no wonder why this movie was made when it was. Our movie world tends to go in cycles. Recently, we are in the age of superhero films (and I’m loving it – even the bad ones). However, in the eighties, political thrillers with a one-man army were all the rage (see First Blood, Commando, Stallone’s and Schwarzenegger’s careers). And let's not forget the series of them all DIE HARD!
You have to know what you’re facing when you go into one of these films. You generally get a well-known cast (Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman – Check!), people in peril (Check!), and one man who is trying to make-up for something (Definite… Check!). There probably won’t be much else.
This film is the quintessential definition of one of these flicks. At times the scenes are fun, other times gruesome, but they tend to leave you excited and wanting. The dialogue is a waste of time, except when Butler is being his typical grizzled self. At those times it can be pretty entertaining. The violence in the film is gratuitous, but lends to some of the realism of it (again… much like John McClane in Die Hard).
I kept looking at Aaron Eckhart and seeing a different role I know him for (I’m not stating it because Shannon hasn’t seen it, though she will!). I was sad because I rather like the guy, but his line delivery was just too similar. Morgan Freeman continues his role as the overseer, which he is now just getting typecast as (Now You See Me, Wanted) but is sadly is underused. His most powerful feature is all that is on tap here, and that is his voice. It feels like maybe he had some scenes that were cut (I would love to see what was on the cutting floor of this film, because it would hopefully clear it up some). Other characters have muddled motivations (Why is this all happening? Is this just another example of xenophobia?), but the one that made me the most upset was (I don’t know if this is a spoiler or not, so stop reading after these dots……) Dylan McDermott’s Forbes. Why are you on one side and then suddenly the other? There is no explanation for your treachery. At least try to give your characters a backstory…sheesh.
All that aside, I find myself in the same mindset that I was when I watched BVS. The movie entertained me, despite its many flaws. It wasn’t enough to bring me out of it (though at times my attention may have lapsed slightly), and I was curious enough to see how it all ended. It is a fun film with a pretty main character, and I guess that was enough to get it a sequel.
I give Olympus Has Fallen a hard B.
For more information on this film, check out IMDB.
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