Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writers: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
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What they say: Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
What I say: Seen Die Hard? Any of them? Then you’ve pretty much seen Olympus Has Fallen. And I’m here to tell you, Gerard Butler is no Bruce Willis. Hell, Bruce Willis isn’t Bruce Willis any more.
Gerard Butler plays Mike Banning, a former secret service agent who was pretty much railroaded out of his job for letting Ashley Judd plummet to her death. He is re-assigned to the treasury department. When terrorists from Korea take the White House from within, Make literally runs across town and enters the White House in order to save the President and protect Mom and apple pie! Never mind the fact that the entirety of the secret service was wiped out and Mike should be woefully out of practice being a hero. I’m all about suspension of disbelief but c’mon.
With the President and Vice President captured, it falls to Morgan Freeman
(the Speaker of the House) to become acting President and handle the situation. This leads to a lot of Morgan looking grim and being Morgan Freeman, a role he excels at. So Mike, alone and badass, works with President Morgan to take down the bad guys and blah blah blah. Let’s be honest, you will not care what I say. You either like these kinds of movies or you don’t. This one hardly reinvents the wheel and serves as a fine cliché checklist. I believe the only one missing is using duct tape to patch up a wound. This shit was tired by Die Hard 2 but here we go again.
The acting is fine for who we have. Direction isn’t bad however and that’s the only thing that made this film watchable at all. The story is…there. That’s all I can say about that. Needless to say, I wasn’t very impressed which is a shame as I really wasn’t expecting much. The film isn’t horrible by any means but I sure would have a hard time calling it good. See it if you must but there are lots of other things to watch.