Olympus Has Fallen Review – $80 Million Metaphorical Masturbation

By Madmax673

President Benjamin Asher (played by Aaron Eckhart): “United States of America will not negotiate with terrorists”!

It’s hard to understand Hollywood’s recent infatuation with Greek mythology.

Even Zeus might contemplate a compromise with Prometheus, seeking his infinite wisdom to help him get rid of the carnal abuse.

Let’s see. While Obama had been awarded the Nobel Prize for “peace”, why don’t we name the White House ‘Olympus’?

And what more? Bin Laden is dead! – Let’s pick the White House and lay it to rubble!

BTW, ironically there’s another White House project with quite the same premise “White House Down” slated for release this summer.

Even more ironical is that Morgan Freeman who elegantly portrayed Nelson Mandela (who has not even been awarded a single notable prize) in “Invictus” gets to do the temp job of a President while Aaron Eckhart is being held hostage.

I think this vicious crap of a film a.k.a Olympus Has Fallen needs no more introduction BS.


A plot that has been beaten to pulp by Hollywood, this garbage truck full of clichés: Follow Presidential Private Security Guard “Mike Banning” (Gerard Butler) who had been transferred to a desk job at a treasury department after failing to save the President’s wife during a snow storm accident.

18 months later, North Korean terrorists masterminded by “Kang” (Rick Yune) raid the White House, hold all the key people hostages including the President demanding the withdrawal of troops and 7th Fleet from the DMZ. They also torture them for the nuke code to destroy the entire nation.

So how our action hero beats up all the bad asses and saves the nation forms the ‘crux’ of the story.

The Good

The first fifteen plus minutes of the film was just okay. There was quite a tiny bit of drama and character windows.

BTW, the President (Aaron Eckhart) learns boxing by getting beaten up by the hero. 😉

Visual effects were okay. The way the North Korean terrorist plane responds to the warning messages were endurable.

The Bad

The story is easily predictable.

Way too many clichés beyond tolerance. The wife of Mike Banning, played by Radha Mitchell coincidentally being a nurse treating the wounded victims…was really adding insult to injury.

The character of both the hero and the villain are poorly developed. There isn’t a solid moment between the hero and the terrorist mastermind that would instantly grab the audience into the movie.

Once the plot begins, the ‘firing’ goes on way too long without a gap that a viewer gets impatient. ‘Shooting’ goes on until the end of the movie.

Lighting was terrible. 90% of the action scenes were shot in the dark. It was as though Antoine Fuqua doesn’t want one to catch the goof-ups. Even the one-on-one combats. You don’t get a darn clue as to who is beating/shooting who.

BTW, this is not a thriller as marketed since the stakes don’t build up gradually.

Just the action. And only the action.

There are too many private agents with the same status of Mike Banning but it’s only Mike Banning who gets be alive and save the country.

BG score was bad.

There were a few shots that could easily remind one of 9/11 attacks.

And what’s with the nuclear weapon named “Cerberus”!?

‘Nuff said.

My Rating

Apparently, it looks like the writers “single-handedly” typed and turned in a shitty draft.

I guess that is all Antoine Fuqua needed to dish out “Olympus Has Fallen” that has nothing new to offer.

Unless you’re a hardcore ‘action’ movie buff, stay out of this $80 million worth of cum shot…errrr…gun shot.

6 Responses to "Olympus Has Fallen Review – $80 Million Metaphorical Masturbation"

  1. mihi_rex   March 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Sweetie, thanks for the alert!

    We’ll watch and review Rashomon, Seven Samurai, One Wonderful Sunday and Stray Dog (because it reminds me of India with its gazillion stray dogs, both the four-legged and two-legged variety).

    How many and which ones are you watching?

    • mihi_rex   March 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Just finished watching the brilliant, Rashomon. I will start Yojimbo later tonight.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Just started Yojimbo (1961), drums playing in the background!

      • mihi_rex   March 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        and there are 24 movies made available for the weekend.

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        Let’s see how many we can watch by Sunday, midnight!!!!!

        • mihi_rex   March 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm

          A weekend is not enough. It’s hard to go on a marathon with movies by him or by any other director of his caliber, for that matter.

          SearchIndia.com Responds:

          Yojimbo was good.

          Did you know that Sergio Leone stole Yojimbo and remade it as A Fistful of Dollars (Clint Eastwood).

          Kurosawa sued Sergio and won….getting 15% of the worldwide collection of A Fistful of Dollars

          Source: http://sidebmag.com/2011/04/14/1535/

          And you schmucks thought only Indian film-makers steal!

  2. Naveen   March 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Are you saying it is a good action movie?

    • Madmax673   March 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      I was being polite. The movie sucks.

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