Olympus Has Fallen
Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Finley Jacobsen, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell
Directed by Antoine Fugus
Run Time: 120 mins
Genre: Action/ Thriller
Opens March 22nd
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! Opening this week is the new political thriller starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart & Morgan Freeman. This film does not appear to be what it shows in the trailer. Curious? Check out the review below.
Being assigned to the President's security detail, Secret Service Agent Mike Benning (Gerard Butler) runs a tight ship. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhard) relies on Mike not only as a security agent but also as a friend. So when tragedy struck the first family while at Camp David, Agent Benning was reassigned to a different division within the Secret Service.
Eighteen months went by between Benning's reassignment and the latest tragedy to strike the presidency, this time too close to home. And by close I mean the White House. Tensions between North & South Korea are at an all-time high and President is set to meet with the Prime Minister of South Korea. Terrorists from an unknown affiliation have managed to over take the White House and defeating every security measure in place, except for one unknown factor. Bennett knows the White House & the procedures better than anyone, so if he can get into the White House and reach the president he can help prevent any further catastrophes before further global chaos ensues.
In an effort to keep this spoiler free as possible, this is one of those films that are fast paced and full of unexpected moments, which make it better if little information as possible is revealed beforehand. What "Olympus Has Fallen"" does well is that it has a solid script behind it, a great cast, full of unexpected moments, follows a line of reality that is logical and not too farfetched. Some have been comparing the film to “Die Hard”, which is a great film to be compared to if looking to be compared to an action film. The people that have produced & distributed films such as “The Expendables 1 & 2” & ”Drive Angry” are the ones behind this, so expect a good amount of action. Gerard Butler shines in this type of role, blending the physical, drama and comedic moments in a likeable character. Butler seems to excel in this type of film rather than the romantic comedies as of late. The supporting cast is equally well cast in their roles; who wouldn’t want to have a Morgan Freeman type as a member of the President’s cabinet? Be sure to check out “Olympus Has Fallen” when it opens in theaters starting Friday March 22, 2013.