For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Die Hard Doppelganger Movies, here’s a review of Olympus Has Fallen (2013) by me
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Alan Sanders of the Wilder Ride and we will be reviewing our favorite Fantasy Movies of the 21st Century
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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“[after stabbing and killing one of his prisoners, he wipes the bloody knife on the leg of the second prisoner] Yeah, I guess I’m a little rusty… I like your friend, though. He seems like a funny guy. ” – Mike Banning
Number of Times Seen – 5 (2 Jul 2013, 12 Apr 2016, 17 Nov 2019, 2 Jul 2021 and 29 Jun 2022)
Link to original review –Here, Here, Here and Here
Brief Synopsis – A Secret Service Agent tries to save the President after terrorists take over the White House.
My Take on it – This is such a great film for this genre especially given the various call-backs to teh original Die Hard (1988) throughout the many plots and sub-plots of the film.
Gerard Butler is a great John McClane even if he plays things a bit too serious the whole way through.
The story is thrilling and manages to stay so entertaining and engaging form start to finish despite the obvious and expected plot holes in this kind of story.
The supporting cast is also great with Dylan McDermott, Robert Forrester, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo and Morgan Freeman all lending a hand along the way.
The amount of action scenes that required special effects in this film is astounding, but it shows such a patriot look at the office of the President and the importance of the house that he lives in.
The military jargon is kept too the minimum and things make a lot of sense as the story moves along.
The twists and turns in the story are multifaceted as some are meant for the audience and some for the characters which adds a whole new level of suspense for the way it all moves along and plays out.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gerard Butler was once in consideration to star as CIA operative Mitch Rapp in a proposed film adaptation of Vince Flynn’s novels. One’s plot is very similar to this film; terrorists seize control of the White House, and Rapp must get to the President in his bunker before the terrorists do. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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