Mike Banning (Gerard
Butler), a former bodyguard of the U.S President, was dismissed after
a tragic accident that saw the death of the First Lady. But when a
North Korean commando decided to attack the White House and to take
the U.S. president (played by Aaron Eckhart) and other government
officials hostage, Mike is the only person who can help them... Here
is the scenario of this Hollywood blockbuster directed by Antoine
Fuqua, director, among others of Training Day, who releases another
film about a White House attack. We might have feared a new
unoriginal film but Olympus Has Fallen is a captivating and
entertaining action-thriller movie...
It is true that the
originality of the scenario is not the strength of the movie and the
plot is somewhat predictable, but we are still captivated very
Besides, the action scenes
are dynamic and efficient, including the impressive 13-minute scene
where the White House is stormed by Norths Korean (too bad that the
CG are not perfect quality!) .
As far as the cast is
concerned, Gerard Butler is a very believable secret agent and
perfectly embodies the fusion of Jack Bauer (for his conscientious
agent side) and John McLane (for his ability to take out bad guys in
a row). The bad guy, played by Rick Yune is also very good and really
hateful, fulfilling perfectly the role of the dark terrorist. One
also notes the presence of Angela Bassett (Tina, ER, ...) and Morgan
Freeman, but I find that both are a bit underused .
Olympus Has Fallen brings
nothing new to Hollywood but is still a good action movie, led
brilliantly by the main actor Gerard Butler.
And for fans of the genre, a
second film, White House Down, was released in theaters at the end of