Patriotic Philms Phor the 4th – #3 of 10 – Olympus Has Fallen (2013 ) – Encore Review 3

In order to celebrate the 245th birthday of the US, I decided to watch 10 films over the weekend that are related to the patriotism of the founding fathers and of Americans on a whole.  On Monday, I will culminate this series with something connected to a very special project that I have been working on over the past few months… stay tuned…

“We’ve lost good friends. Family. All good people. Heroes, every one of them. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families. And they will be remembered. Nor will we forget those who serve out of the spotlight, to whom we owe our highest gratitude. Our foe did not come only to destroy our things or our people. They came to desecrate our way of life. To foul our beliefs. Trample our freedom. And in this, not only did they fail, they granted us the greatest gift – a chance at our rebirth. We will rise renewed, stronger, and united. This is our time. Our chance to get back to the best of who we are. To lead by example with the dignity, integrity, and honor that built this country. And which will build it once again. May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.” – President Benjamin Asher

Number of Times Seen – 4 (2 Jul 2013, 12 Apr 2016, 17 Nov 2019 and 2 Jul 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – After the White House comes under attack, a secret service agent becomes the only hope to save the President and the country.

My Take on it – Amazing action thriller that works so well on numerous levels.

Many people have relegated this film to being just another ‘Die Hard in the White House’, but it is actually so much more than that.

Gerard Butler is great in the lead roe and his character and his actions come across as seeming quite realistic and plausible.

Aaron Eckhart is perfectly cast as President Benjamin Archer and remains one of the best fictional screen Presidents.

This film has a very high death toll, yet it still doesn’t feel at any point if it has an unnecessary body count given the story.

The film has some great twists and turns along the way that help raise the tension level higher and higher as things progress along the way.

The films manages to bend together actions scenes with emotional ones because we get to see how things progress both form within the White House and from different locations without.

The story is paced really well and things move along in a way where there are very few , if any, lulls in the action and tension as things progress.

There are a few plot holes in the story, but the way that this play out more than make up for it because of the way that it stays so engaging and engrossing throughout.

The special effects help keep the story feeling grounded and timely which allows for things to seem so realistic as it moves along.

Love the way that unlike most films of this genre, they chose to give less comic one liners to the characters in order to keep the tone on a much more serious level.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There is a room in the White House called The Roosevelt Room. In this room, one of the two Roosevelts’ portraits are hung in relation to the political party of the president. Teddy’s portrait is hung if the president is Republican, and Franklin D.’s if the President is Democrat. When Banning (Gerard Butler) is running through the White House, in one the hallways he passes Franklin D. Roosevelt’s portrait. This insinuates that Teddy Roosevelt’s is in the Roosevelt Room, making President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) a Republican. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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