Entertainment

Movie review: Olympus Has Fallen

Gerard Butler in a scene from the movie Olympus Has Fallen.
Gerard Butler in a scene from the movie Olympus Has Fallen. Phil Caruso - Contributed by Roadshow Films publicity website

NOT since Independence Day has the White House taken a battering like in Olympus Has Fallen.

The big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, from music video director turned feature filmmaker Antoine Fuqua,

features an all-out assault on the Presidential residence by a group of North Korean terrorists.

Gerard Butler is former Secret Service agent Mike Banning who comes to the rescue when President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) is held hostage by the mysterious Kang, played by The Fast and the Furious star Rick Yune.

Once the assault on 1600 Pennsylvania Street, the most highly protected building in the world we are reminded by some high-level official in the crisis room, starts it's unrelenting action.

The body count is just ridiculous, with giant machine guns mowing down dozens of people at a time.

I stopped counting the number of people who get shot in the head when I got to 10, and that wasn't very far into the movie.

Butler plays the role of the tough, lone hero well, as you'd expect. His character knows the White House inside and out, from his days as a presidential body guard, and uses it to his advantage.

He kicks butt, gets his butt kicked, bounces back and stabs quite a few baddies in the head.

The violence is pretty full-on and not for the feint hearted.

Olympus Has Fallen is also hyper-patriotic, with the music swelling every time the president or Banning do, well, anything.

A tattered, bullet-hole ridden American flag even falls to the ground in slow motion at sunset.

But for all of its clichés, Olympus Has Fallen is fun to watch and that's what counts.

>>More Movie Reviews

Olympus Has Fallen

  • Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett.
  • Rating: MA 15+
  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Stars: 3/5

Topics:  movie review


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Viet vets given belated 'thanks'

The veterans proudly cam out in Cooroy to remember their fallen in Vietnam and the sacrifices of those who survived.

Cooroy observes Vietnam Veterans Day

Search for rural doctor 'drags on'

EMERGENCY CALL: Kenilworth pharmacist Astrid Paget says the town desperately needs a doctor.

Local town needs a doctor

Mayor just 'plan mad' at lack of say

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa

Latest deals and offers

Bus talks hope for better link

Noosa leaders raise bus concerns for hospital link raised

Viet vets given belated 'thanks'

The veterans proudly cam out in Cooroy to remember their fallen in Vietnam and the sacrifices of those who survived.

Cooroy observes Vietnam Veterans Day

Search for rural doctor 'drags on'

EMERGENCY CALL: Kenilworth pharmacist Astrid Paget says the town desperately needs a doctor.

Local town needs a doctor

Mayor just 'plan mad' at lack of say

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa

Wendy reunited with the 'heroes' that saved her life

GRATEFUL: Wendy Shaw (second from right) meets (L-R) Dr Vicky Campbell, nurse Jo McMillan and Dr Todd Fraser who helped to save her life.

Wendy wouldn't be here today if it weren't for a lucky coincidence

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

You are going to Falls for this music line-up

CONFIRMED: Local artist Bernard Fanning is part of the line up for Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The line-up and ticket purchase details have been announced.

Rio 2016: So how many watched, tweeted it?

Jessica Fox in action during the Rio Games.

Tweets about #Rio2016 were viewed a staggering number of times

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Is your home worth a million dollars?

HARD TO BEAT: The view from Alexandra Headland.

You could be close to owning a million-dollar property

Developer announces plans for prime 1.2km beach frontage

An artist's impression of the development.

Developer announces plans for 1.2km beach frontage