Olympus Has Fallen mini review

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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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Tue, Aug 27, 2013 11:39am

After all, who needs women, huh bro?

This might be a candidate for Bad Film Night.

Tue, Aug 27, 2013 2:46pm

“Good times.” *snerk*

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 4:07pm

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.

reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 4:08pm

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”?

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 9:53am

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

Tue, Aug 27, 2013 5:27pm

A lot of fun.

Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:43pm

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!

Mon, May 05, 2014 4:16am

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

Sat, May 24, 2014 10:30am

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.