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Olympus Has Fallen mini review

Olympus Has Fallen red light Gerard Butler

MaryAnn’s quick take…
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.

see also:
London Has Fallen movie review: agitprop security theater
Angel Has Fallen movie review: and it can’t get up

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013) | directed by Antoine Fuqua
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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