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Olympus Has Fallen mini review

Olympus Has Fallen red light Gerard Butler

A vile propagandistic action flick that shamelessly indulges fears of terrorism while also failing on a basic narrative level.
I’m “biast” (pro): really like Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart

I’m “biast” (con): the trailer looked ridiculous

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

An orgy of eroto-terrorism kicks off the vile propaganda — here comes meanie North Korea to slaughter American innocents and take over the White House — which then morphs into a bungled thriller packed with laughable personal motivations and basic narrative failings that make it seem as if entire essential scenes are missing. But never mind! It’s all just a buddy bromance keyed to getting former Secret Service agent Gerard Butler to reunite with his best boy, President Aaron Eckhart, who will finally forgive him for letting the First Lady die a horrible death in a road accident. Good times.

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
US/Can release: Mar 22 2013
UK/Ire release: Apr 19 2013

MPAA: rated R for strong violence and language throughout
BBFC: rated 15 (contains strong bloody violence and strong language)

viewed in 2D
viewed at a public multiplex screening

official site | IMDb | trailer
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  • RogerBW

    After all, who needs women, huh bro?

    This might be a candidate for Bad Film Night.

  • BrianJKelly

    “Good times.” *snerk*

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Well, North Korea is becoming this decade’s “Middle Eastern Terrorist”. Who were last decade’s “Former Soviet Terrorists”. Who were the ’80s’ “Communist Drug Dealers”.

    But, propaganda for whom? This seems as much propaganda for the Federal Government as Die Hard was propaganda for the FBI.

  • RogerBW

    Propaganda not so much to say “these people are powerful”, but rather “these people are in the right and need no checks on their power, and the people who oppose them are Bad”?

  • Beowulf

    A lot of fun.

  • Propaganda for the state of perpetual “war on terror.”

  • Robert Cohen

    I just saw this on netflix the other day, and one thing really aggravated me above all else. Apparently they deleted a major scene to explain how the hell (warning possible spoiler ahead) the evil NK leader got the 3rd “cerberbus code”, from the Pres, even though he spent several scenes saying how they would never get it and would have to kill him. Then some stuff happens in other scenes, we never see anything with Ekhart getting tortured for his code, and suddenly they have all 3 codes …. WTF?!?!?

    Oh, and the entire premise of self destructing all the nukes in their silos is utterly completely unbelievable stupid, because SELF DESTRUCT mechanisms on nukes DON’T SET OFF THE NUKE THATS THE WHOLE POINT!

  • larry

    An absurd piece of NRA gun porn. I’d call it adolescent, but adolescents would be rightfully offended.

  • Guest

    Amazing blatant show of racism. This time it’s the North Koreans. Amazing to see a black director from Philly produce such a racist and jingoistic piece of worthless tripe.

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