Written May 31, 2016
Premise of the movie is ok but development of the premise is terrible. Major characters are written as the prototype of a standard caring President, idiot commander of the military and the Speaker of the House as the guy who knows everything.
Action is great including visual special effects, all aspects of the action deliver. Writers however should give back the money they were paid, script and lines are horrible. Butler delivers terrible lines with almost good grace, he is one of the most believable things about the movie and sells his character well.
If you can leave your brain at home you will enjoy the action. "sorry about the house" and "the house is insured" lines are a sad finish for a good action movie.
Written November 27, 2015
I want my 2 hours back. I mean it.
First of all...it looked promising, but this movie sucked.
I kept waiting for Bruce Willis as John McLain to come in and save the day. The CHEEZY one liners made people in the theater grown and giggle.
And...this movie makes the US government look WEAK..not willing to make hard choices to PROTECT MILLIONS of innocent people.
Sorry....wait for DVD ..and then ONLY rent it if you are realllllly drunk.
Written May 22, 2015
This is an action movie with emphases on the action [it could have been called 'Die Hard in the White House'] . It was filmed on location in Louisiana . Gerard plays the secret service agent protecting Aaron , the President of the United States . After an accident , Gerard is forced to retire and work at the treasury department [it's near the White House] . Rick plays a Korean that leads an elite enemy force that captures Aaron and the White House [Secret Service code name is Olympus] and makes the usual bad guy demands ['I'll kill the President , unless ...'] . It's up to Gerard to save the day [one man in the right place at the right time] . Morgan plays the Speaker of the House [he becomes acting President in Aaron's absence] and Angela is head of the Secret Service .
I really liked it and would buy it on Blu-Ray .
Written July 06, 2015
The formula may be somewhat old as the critics have said but they managed to create a few twists and kept the action rolling. Just believable enough to draw you in throughout most of the movie. The ending got a little ridiculous but all in all worth the money to see. Gerard Butler made a nice transition from the days of "300" to a more modern action star. Morgan Freeman was solid in his minor role.
Written February 10, 2016
Olympus has fallen. Reviewed 3-22-2013
This full action movie is definitely an R rated Korean how-to on how to lay siege to the White House. The action barely ever stops and the very graphic violence never ceases. Gerard Butler, the hero, is just another job-dedicated-protector who battles the bad guys without remorse. The plot has no real suspense only action. Various fictitious dangers are injected into the screen play for graphic/dramatic effects. Keri Russell, as the hero’s wife, surely does deserve a better part but her presence was real and effective. The physical abuse, multiple killings and strong language makes this an adult only film. The showing of the U.S. Military as inept against terrorists in movies seems to be a common Hollywood stunt that really has no value.