Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen (2013): Review

By Jyoti Prakash Mandal / WBRINN
jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com

Olympus has Fallen poster

Kolkata, March 26, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio):  What is the best opportunity that can come to a Secret Service agent to prove his worth as a ‘man of action’? The White House coming under terrorist attack and the President taken hostage.

‘Olympus has Fallen’ portrays the worst terrorist attack that America has not seen yet. North Korea terrorists led by Kang (Rick Yune) posing as delegates take over the White House after a bloody airborne assault on crowded streets of Washington. They take President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), Vice President Charlie Rodriguez (Phil Austin) and top political leaders hostage, and start assaulting them for the secret codes to access our nuclear arms. As decreed by the Constitution, Speaker of the House Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) takes command. Secret Service agent Mike Barring (Gerald Butler) sets out to free the hostages.

The film will appeal to viewers willing to compromise on accuracy of the story line for fast action. Gerald Butler is surprisingly impressive as an action hero. Rick Yune carries the role of a vicious terrorist leader and super villain well. Acting powerhouse Morgan Freeman is dazzling as always, but Butler steals the show. Radha Mitchell does not have much to contribute to the film.

A  fast action film always has a band of dedicated audience around the world and this film can bank on them for some success. Despite the effort and make-believe elements, a considerable high at the box office is as unlikely as the attack shown in the film.



Olympus Has Fallen Trailer

Olympus Has Fallen
Studio: FilmDistrict
Release: Date: March 22, 2013
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt
Star Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Rick Yune