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Olympus Has Fallen

6.51 h 59 min2013X-Ray15
When unidentified aircraft is spotted approaching the White House, the Secret Service rush the President, his cabinet and visiting officials to the safety of the presidential bunker. But will this be sanctuary enough? As the Oval office and its environs sustain an aerial and ground attack, disgraced former U.S. Secret Service man, Mike Banning, thinks not.
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Angela BassettMelissa LeoAshley JuddRick YuneDylan McDermottRadha MitchellFinley JacobsenCole HauserPhil AustinJames IngersollFreddy BoscheLance BroadwaySean O'BryanKeong SimKevin MoonMalana LeaRobert ForsterSam Medina
Alan SiegelEd Cathell IIIDanny Lerner
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4.7 out of 5 stars

8894 global ratings

  1. 79% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
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Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Olympus Has Fallen - Into The Toilet
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What, another gung-ho American 'War On Terror' movie? Haven't we been there and done that already? A dozen flipping times? This time, the hero is a cross between John McClane and the bloke who does the door down at the local disco, and the villains are a bunch of Asian gangsters/North Korean government agents - in other words: foreigners - who shoot up downtown DC and take out The White House. 'Sounds good', I hear you say? Well, no, it isn't. Unfortunately, Gerard Butler has none of Bruce Willis' acting chops and so he lurches from scene to scene with much the same stupid hang-dog expression on his face, and the bad guy is about as scary as a bowl of cold rice. My kid sister could probably kick his ass.
However, it is watchable if you're in the mood - i.e. if you've just got home - alone or with your equally sad and single mates - from the aforementioned disco, and are too drunk to do anything much except sit on the couch and yell at the TV. Massive Fail. Try Harder.
19 people found this helpful
RamusReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 December 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
4.5 stars?
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Who writes this crap? Giving exposition for a scene you just watched is stupid. Every time these hero movies have to have a wife/girlfriend who is a nurse/doctor. That is getting old and cheesy. Some of the CG is really bad. Why is there a Scottish guy playing a Yank? Could they not just get an American to play the role? His accent is weird. The action scenes are really contrived. "Can you just stand in the open waving a gun around" seemed to be the direction.
It's concerning people are giving this 4/5 stars. Has peoples taste in film taken that much of a nosedive?
15 people found this helpful
LaneyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 November 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Good to have on in the background of a boring task. Angela Bassett seems drunk, slurring and expressionless. Morgan Freeman is totally monotone. The dialogue is ridiculous. The extras were distractingly bad. In the "war room" there is so much expressionless sitting around and then some staged activity by the extras like passing a paper to someone. Apart from a pretty amazing initial attack it's sort of like watching a board meeting interspersed with paint balling. The women were token at best. It is a shame there wasn't more of Ashley Judd and Robert Forster who were dynamic. And more of the president in a non-passive context. Butler is good. Just a good old meat head role. Couldn't hear some of it. One of the traitors lost someone? Weird that with a huge budget it was kind of film school level in parts. The son was great. Best slice of acting in the whole thing.
8 people found this helpful
PlisskenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not great
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3 stars is quite generous so I edited it down to 2 half way through heh. The plot is far fetched. Every scene in the movie is completely unrealistic. No one in the entire US government or military seems to be able to act professionally or do their jobs properly. This is like a 5 year old's view of how such a military operation would pan out. Of course, had they done their jobs, the incident would not have occurred and it wouldn't have been any fun to watch. The president character is the most pathetic weakling I've ever seen and the acting to support this role isn't much better. Morgan Freeman was ok but otherwise it's all terrible.
7 people found this helpful
TrevelyanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
This film wants to be taken seriously but nothing in it makes sense
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There is nothing wrong about a "dumb action" film, but if it is to be as dumb as Olympus as Fallen it should clearly present itself as a comedy. The Expendables is a dumb action film, but it doesn't take itself seriously, so it doesn't matter if it's cliched or has a daft plot.

Olympus Has Fallen demands respect yet deserves none. It starts on the premise that an unregistered aircraft with no transponder can fly in over the Eastern seaboard unchallenged (despite it not being small enough to have taken off from any privately-owned ship) until reaching Washington - a city that is tens of miles from the coast. It follows by requiring that intercepting fighters position themselves alongside the invading aircraft so they can be simultaneously destroyed, rather than having one always positioned behind it where it is safer and is also standard procedure around the world.

Follow to having the bizare situation where North Korean terrorists have taken over the ENTIRE security detail of the South Korean Prime Minister. Yes, not just infiltrated, but occupied 100% of spots in the detail. As well as the situation where a team of US troops and helicopters trying to reach the White House travel at the speed limit, rather than responding as if it were a real emergency.

Oh, and the plot requiring that the US President decides to ignore the advice of his Secret Service agents that he shouldn't let the South Koreans into his bunker. If he accepted their advice, the film wouldn't have had anywhere to go.

You can make a fun action film with a reasonable plot. Die Hard is a great film because even it's a little daft, most of what happens to set it up is believable - e.g. security at private companies often being rubbish and no mobile phones for people to make calls to the police. But this film doesn't have a reasonable plot. It's lazy, with the writers constantly looking for mcguffins rather than thinking things through.

The story might as well have been created by a 5 year old.
5 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 April 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Load of tat
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Only watched this because I was in self isolation. I wish I'd isolated some more! This film is bloody awful. Remember those mindless 1980's american films like rambo and red dawn blah blah? Then the soviets were the enemy. This is more of the same, except now it's those horrid north Koreans, who have taken the pres hostage at the white house. Cue lots of explosions, armies of people being shot at, tons of swearing, lantern jawed, steely eyed geezers swanning around quoting every cliche in the book, and our hero, who kills about 60 million people with his bare hands. And why did Morgan Freeman sign up for this tripe? He acts like a wooden chair (I'd love to ask him if he only did it for the money). What were you thinking sir?!! It's common lowest denominator, jingoistic cheese-fest xenophobic stuff. Bah!
3 people found this helpful
The owlmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 January 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
One for the unthinking
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What a load of tosh! Loads of shoot 'em ups, exploding vehicles, planes and buildings, hundreds of White House security agents running blindly into gunfire oblivion etc etc. Terrible plot which did not improve past the first ten minutes. How can a convoy of diplomatic vehicles can arrive at the White House front door then distinctly dodgy looking chaps get out the kill everybody in sight without any suspicion on the parts of the President's security, A C.130 converted gunship is allowed to fly over Washington then the White House without any fighter interference (ha! try that over Buck Palace my friends and see how far you get) Nah! this DVD went to Oxfam sharpish.
One person found this helpful
Janey64Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Action Film
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Saw the preview for Angel has fallen at cinema recently, other half said he wanted to watch it, told him there are two films previously hence this purchase.

Great Action film all the way through, Gerard Butler fans will not be disappointed, scary the thought of these types of things could actually happen in the world. Acting was good, loved Morgan Freeman, nothing negative to say about the film.
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