It is a rare occasion that an action movie keeps me interested all throughout. In fact when watching films that promise quite a number of action-packed scenes, there is always a high probability of me falling asleep during the peaks of combats and battles, amidst the deafening explosions and chaotic sequences. The important thing for me to see is the good guy winning over the bad guy, which is usually toward the end of a movie. However, Olympus Has Fallen manages to sustain its intriguing plot, giving me a different viewing experience of an action flick. And with all the cinematic elements considered, it tops my list of favorite films in the action genre.
There are so many good talk points in this film. From the casting to the plot, to the cinematography, everything was perfectly sewn together to form a masterpiece. Adding up to the suspense and drama are conflicts arising every minute that keep you on the edge of your seats.
Just a caveat: It is a movie that underscores terrorism, hostage taking and violence. It can be very disturbing to watch especially in light of recent events.
On one fateful night on the way to a charity event, the first family meets a terrible car accident leaving Banning to decide whom to save — the president or the first lady Margaret Asher (Ashley Judd). Despite the president’s order to save his wife, Banning makes the painful decision to save President Asher instead. His decision, albeit logical, caused for him to be relieved from his position and be deployed to the finance department.
Fate gives Mike Banning a chance to prove himself worthy of the secret service agent badge when terrorism strikes and the president is kidnapped. He boldy fights to rescue the President and find out who is behind it.
What I find really impressive about this film is how the focus shifts from one character to another and showing how each of them is relevant to the situation. Although the viewers know it’s ultimately about Banning, Asher and the terrorist, all supporting characters make a mark in the movie.
The cast is superb! I’m a Gerard Butler fan ever since I’ve seen him play the title role in the movie adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. But all biases aside (including the fact that he produced the film), he’s great and he did the role justice.
Never did I think of Aaron Eckhart playing the role of the president of the United States, but after having seen this movie, I see a really good actor in him. He effortlessly exhibits a man of power and respect.
I also have to commend Ashley Judd for her special participation in this film. Despite the brevity of her appearance, she is every inch a first lady in the film. She proves that there are no small roles for great actors and actresses.
Morgan Freeman, whom I think is one of the most reliable actors in hollywood, is also in the film. Assign him a role and expect him to deliver, and this film is no exception.
I see Olympus Has Fallen is a film about family, leadership and making the right decisions, which is inherent in most films that tackles politics and power. But these values are positively presented in the film and it effectively keeps you glued up to its heartwarming end.
Watch the trailer: