Gerard Butler is no stranger to action films. From 300 to Rocknrolla, he has fought and battled his way through many grim situations. Olympus Has Fallen was one of the most anticipated action films of the US summer schedule… but did it reach its potential?
The film is centred on a hostile takeover of the White House by Korean terrorists. This breaks the mould of most action films straight away as Russians or Middle-Eastern individuals generally play terrorists. This also coincides with the current strain in the Korean peninsula, which garners worrying thoughts in a very uncertain time.
The President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) is captured and is held hostage by this group so they can get his launch code for the nuclear missile sites. While Eckhart plays his best role since Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, you feel that there is not enough at stake for him and he seems more withdrawn than scared beyond belief.
Butler worked really hard in this film with his character, Mike Banning, having to infiltrate the White House and try to save the President; the only problem is the script had more holes in it than a block of Swiss cheese.
The film was very predictable and cliché, it didn’t move particularly fast or hit any form of interest. Visually, you could enjoy the fight scenes and great panoramic visions of Washington under attack, but it lacked that feel of gripping tension and character development essential to a great action film.
Olympus Has Fallen: great premise, very average execution.