Thursday, April 18, 2013

Movie Review; Olympus Has Fallen

If I was a critic I would have written this movie off. Saying that its just one of those movies with the same old plot with a bit modification. This is true, but as an audience I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

The best thing about this movie is its pace. You won't know how fast the 110 minutes go. There's not a minute you will feel bored. The attack sequences are bit over the top, but if you are a drama lover, you won't be disappointed. The storyline isn't much to think about but the screenplay is apt. Its a good thing that the director Antonie Fuqua keeps things simple, doesn't dig too much into the conspiracy stuff and also doesn't include any unnecessary twists.

 Olympus Has Fallen is probably one of my favorite political thrillers of all time. The suspense, action, disaster sequences, likable characters, etc. makes for a solid film with little going wrong in it. A few "why did they do that" moments, with some tighter plot lines could've done the trick to make this better, but other than that, it hits the mark on all levels.

This movie took me back to Bruce Willis' "Die Hard". This movie had all of the Die hard characteristics we all know and love, and in my opinion, was better than the newest installment to the series! Unlike that film, this movie had tight spaces, a lone ranger in a hostage situation, and even went lengths to feature one of the villains pretending to be a good guy, and is offered cigarettes, just like in Die Hard.

Gerard Butler puts on a solid performance, and leaves me wanting more. A bunch of witty one liners are packed into a superb script by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. My favorite line: "Here's a game we can play. It's called "Go F**k Yourself". You go first." A couple of funny moments and much drama and action make this an excellent thriller. And, to top it off, this movie has Morgan Freeman. Plus!

 Olympus Has Fallen is not going to be any memorable, but it pleasures for those who wants to see some nerve shattering explosions and genuinely exciting action. It's not a classic nor smart but it really knows how to have fun. This film may also payback for the ones who were frustrated by A Good Day To Die Hard. Olympus Has Fallen is almost just a typical afternoon entertainment if it weren't for its solid craft and entertainment quality, but if you are looking for something intellectual and realistic then you will be in trouble.

In final word,if you love Action films,I highly suggest you see Olympus Has Fallen,an entertaining,old fashioned Action film that is well worth your time. Highly Recommended. 7.5/10. 


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