This was the first of two invasion of the White House movies. The second movie, White House Down, came out November on DVD 2013. The movie stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett. I will review White House Down at a later date.
Olympus Has Fallen was rated R and in terms of action and violence it lives up to that rating. As I have mentioned many times on this blog, I have geared myself toward more lighthearted movies. This was not one of them. While I did enjoy the movie over-all, it was almost too violent for my enjoyment.
Gerard Butler plays a secret service agent who wants to redeem himself. I will not give that away, in fact this will be a spoiler-free review. The President, played by Echart, is trying to improve relations with North Korea when the White House is attacked by those very same North Koreans. With the president and vice-president incapacitated Morgan Freeman (as Speaker of the House) becomes the acting President. Butler and Freeman, along with Angela Bassett as the Director of the United States Secret Service have to team together as the threats and destruction continue to increase.
Pros: The action is very intense and the story did hook me into caring for these people. That is essential in any movie. All the actors did a fine job in their roles. What I liked about Morgan Freeman’s portrayal and acting is that his character did not start out as the larger-than-life authoritative figure we know that Morgan Freeman is capable of playing. He gets thrown into this situation and you can see he is unsure of himself and does not know what to do. As the movie progresses his strength and abilities come to the surface.
Cons: My cons are that it was too violent and even violent in a graphic way. Scene of the President being hurt and his staff being tortured and executed are painful to watch. Also, I like these types of movies to have some fun and humor to them. This movie is grim and joyless. Although it is filled with patriotism I would not call this a fun movie to watch. This movie is like “Die Hard in the White House” and it is also similar to Air Force One. So in many ways the movie did not have anything new to offer.
I am going to begin a star rating system based on 5 stars being the best. Therefore this movie rates ***1/2.
These are the Science Fiction/Fantasy films I saw this year. Here is a simple list of the ones that were my favorites and the ones that I enjoyed and the ones I was disappointed with. In the weeks to come I will review each of these films plus keep you updated with new science fiction and fantasy film news.
Man of Steel
Star Trek Into Darkness
The Lone Ranger
Olympus Has Fallen
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
White House Down
Oz the Great and Powerful
Iron Man 3
Jack the Giant Slayer
This is the End
There were just a few movies I overlooked in this series so allow me to post them today.
White House Down (June 28, 2013)
This is the year of two movies about the White House being taken over by terrorists. Olympus Has Fallen is in theaters now while White House Down is coming in June. This movie stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins & James Woods.
Despicable Me 2 (July 3, 2013)
I really liked the original and I hope this one will be just as good. No plot synopsis as of yet. This movie stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Al Pacino, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong
Hammer of the Gods (July 5, 2013)
This movie takes place in Scandinavia in the year 871. A young Viking warrior, faces hostile conditions and tribes to bring back his estranged brother to the kingdom he will one day rule. The movie stars Charlie Bewley, Elliot Cowan, Clive Standen, Guy Flanagan, Michael Jibson
The Lone Ranger (July 3, 2013)
The Lone Ranger has not done well on the big screen. In 1980 or was it 81 the last time he was on the big screen and it failed miserably. Johnny Depp stars as Tonto (can he pull it off?) with Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger. From the looks of the trailer the tone of the film looks like the movie will be an action adventure with somje fun mixed in. My type of movie! These stars round out the cast. Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter.
The Wolverine (July 26, 2013)
The X-Men’s favorite superhero is back with another solo film. His first solo film, 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, did pretty good at the box office but reviews are mixed. It was an alright film but not the ones fans really wanted. Here is hoping that this one will be it! It stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Brian Tee
300: Rise of an Empire (August 2, 2013)
This is the sequel to 300. With Zack Snyder, who directed 300, now directing Man of Steel, Noam Murro is sitting in the directors chair. Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel “Xerxes” Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. The movie stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, David Wenham, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan
Kick-Ass 2 (August 16, 2013)
Kick-Ass & Hit-Girl are back to fight crime. Jim Carrey also joins in on the fun. This movie looks like a raunchy fun action and adventure! Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chlo Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Jim Carrey
The World’s End (August 23, 2013)
This movie stars the wonderful comedy team of Simon Pegg, & Nick Frost (Paul, Sean of the Dead) and it is about drinking parties and the end of the world…what more could you ask for? As they re-stage an old drinking marathon and decide what they need to do for their future, they must also face the world as it comes to an end. The movie also stars Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike
There you have it….I knew there were more movies coming out that I wanted to see. Keep posted to this blog for further reviews!!