Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Finley Jacobsen, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman
My usual reviews, as you know, focus on older movies and television shows. However, I just came back from eating half a bag of theater popcorn, without butter I might add, and thought I’d give you my two patriotic cents about Olympus Has Fallen.
Frankly, I avoid violent movies like the plague. After seeing darling Gerard Butler in some not so great flicks these past few years, I thought I would see if he finally had a hit. Though Gerard was one kick-ass American that literally saves the entire United States of America, I’m cautious to call this movie a blockbuster that will go down in history.
The premise begins with Banning, played by Gerard. He’s the cool secret service man that talks into his wrist ordering those under him to protect the President of the United States. He comes across as a serious dude, with a personality that blends well with the first family. During Christmas at Camp David, a horrific car accident occurs and the President loses his wife. Banning never forgives himself for not being able to save her, though the President holds no grudges. However, as a result, he’s relegated to paper pushing with the Treasury as he broods over the past.
The story is somewhat one of redemption. However, it takes a hostile take over by the Koreans to give Banning the opportunity to turn things around for himself personally. He eventually becomes the hero of the day, through much kick-ass action, spot on shooting, and merciless killing of the enemy. If that wasn’t bad enough, one of his comrades is a traitor, and he is faced with the awful realization he must kill him or be killed.
The movie is violent. Terribly violent. It could have been bloodier, but it tone down the gore factor overall. However, as far as the number of rounds shot, picture the movie the Matrix. Remember the scene in the lobby when the three heroes shoot the walls, pillars, and bad guys? Multiple that about a thousand times, and I think you’ll have the number of shots fired. There are also disturbing scenes of civilians and military killed, and also of torture and senseless hostage execution. One beating scene of a woman is disturbing, but so is the psycho who beats her.
As far as the story goes, it’s action. What can I say? Could it really happen? I thought a few things were quite impossible, such as the initial attack on the White House via air. At least I hope it’s impossible, because if that’s all we got folks, we’re in trouble. Secret codes were given by the captives after the President ordered them to do so. He didn’t have the stomach to watch his aides tortured or killed. Whatever happened to dying for your country? Why would the President encourage others to commit treason upon his orders?
:inserts spine chilling shudder over the thought:
However, those scenes are necessary to set up the future catastrophe that lurks around the corner.
I also felt the timing of this movie was probably not the best, since North Korea has threatened us recently to nuke us off the face of the earth. I sure hope they don’t rent the DVD and watch it, or it could tick them off, start a war, or give them ideas. (Just kidding, of course.)
All in all, it was okay. I found it exhausting, troubling, and patriotic. Thank goodness we kicked ass and Banning saved us from annihilation. Even though Gerry looks a bit bruised, cut, bloody, sweaty, and needs a shave, he’s still the man – toned and buffed. Where would we be, ladies, without Gerard Butler to save us?
And dearest Gerard, I would really like to see you in a romantic movie shaved, clean, in a suit, and dashingly handsome. Pretty please?