Olympus Has Fallen 4.0 stars

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Synopsis

“Why can’t you simply put your critical faculties on hold long enough to sit back and enjoy the damn movie?” The question comes up — particularly in the summer months — more times than I care to remember. Olympus Has Fallen is the answer to discerning action fan’s prayers: an armrest-squeezing, seat-shifting blockbuster that never lets up. North Korean terrorists hold the White House hostage, and it’s up to Gerard Butler, a disgraced former Secret Service man once assigned to presidential guard duty, to get back inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the hard way and reset the course of history. On the surface, it represents everything contemptible about contemporary cinema — a propagandistic, effects-driven cavalcade of carnage that probably boasts a higher body count than all of George Romero’s “living dead” safaris combined — but damn if (for a change) this wasn’t an effectively constructed thrill ride I enjoyed hopping. Antoine Fuqua directs. With Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, and Rick Yune.

Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Rated: R

Comments

Nothing more than a mirthless, suspenseless and utterly pointless Die Hard ripoff. See this only if you too can put all of your critical faculties on hold. Man, do I miss Duncan Shepherd. (And for the record, Gerard Butler is not a disgraced former secret service man. He's an actor.)

Rip-off of Vince Flynn's "Transfer of Power"

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