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Olympus Has Fallen 2013

Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers...

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The movie is a bit predictable but nonetheless a very good action film. I give it a good 9/10. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a good shoot em up good versus bad type of film. I do prefer this film to white house down because this type of film serves its purpose, where white house down tried to be everything in one and dragged on longer than it should have.
This movie truly shows the difference that one person can make. This isn't a movie about originality, or unpredictability. It's a movie about triumph and hardship, and going the distance, even when you are outgunned and outmatched. It's a story that has experience, and one that has been lived time and again for this country, and many others. Focusing on the ultimate good of the human condition, and doing all that is necessary to succeed. One of the best movies I have seen all year. 9/10
Squarely in the "meh" category. Predictable, trite and the only surprise is that I made it through 45 minutes of it before turning it off.
Not recommended.
I didn't mind watching it. Yes it was too predictable but in saying that it was more serious and realistic than 'White House Down'.
Watch this after watching White house down. Both films are way too similar... Not only did Channing Tatum's acting seem way better than normal, but the storyline was more intense i thought, with the odd laughable part. Olympus has fallen has good sfx, but besides that it's way too predictable, the storyline is missing something..?. Gerard Butler is the only good thing about this movie. So if you are a fan of Gerard Butler go ahead and watch it, if not i'd give this a miss and watch White house down instead.
awsome movie man!!
@SEAmonster ... gender makes no difference regarding my comment. The emphasis was on the fact that this person was Icelandic.
Everything else you're off about is completely adjacent to what I was talking about but anyways:
"Hollywood", a.k.a. the movie industry, is made up of hundreds of production companies; it isn't one entity man. If someone can get the money, and it's bankable? They make the movie. How is it obvious that this movie is the product of last ditch efforts though? Considering the fact it's a business*, of course it's about the money. MOST MOVIES ARE. Formulaic movies like these are made because it's "good enough" to where people will go see it. It has nothing to do with what ideas they have and/or don't have.
It's Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, with crazy action scene's, and popular actors -- sounds like a fun Saturday night to me.
Like I said in my other post: These aren't Oscar contenders, they're popcorn movies.
@dopilus
He didn't write it with a man named Katrin Benedikt (as you stated) but with a woman named Katrin Benedikt (who happens to be his wife). The script was written 10 years ago, and until very recently, nobody had dared to pick up this garbage and make it into a movie. But obviously, Hollywood has ran out of ideas, so somebody was digging through old drawers and sunken ideas and decided that an overblown patriotism (however ridiculous and boring) will always make some bucks.
@Melankolia
Dopilus hit the nail on the head with that one. Matter of fact, if you go back to the first Red Dawn, which was made in 1984, it wasn't Koreans at all. It was the Cubans, backed by Russian communists.
And if you want to go by that logic, then there are a great many bigoted Chinese films as well. Look at the Once Upon a Time in China series, for example. 'Ohhh those terrible British. They've come and invaded China and are stealing our culture again. Jeez, did some guy in the middle of a rice paddy with an opium patch on his temple come up with this while cooking congee?" That's just absurd....
Take it at what it is, a piece of entertainment for your consumption, and enjoy it.
@Melankolia ... it was written by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt.
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Creighton Rothenberger:
Received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for the Korean War epic, The Chosin, in 2002. He graduated from the English Honors Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
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He wrote it with a man named Katrin Benedikt; an Icelander -- lol.
Basically, yeah, I'm not sure where you're getting such prejudiced stereotypes but you legitimately couldn't be further from the truth. I'm not even sure the type of person you're describing even exists. Regardless, 2 films is hardly a credible representation of "typical" American cinema; or the general consensus of 300 million people regarding "Asians".
The bad guys in movies like these tend to be personified by whomever is currently, or has been, a significant threat to the USA. In this case...it's North Korea.
P.S. Oh, and Red Dawn was written by a Kevin Reynolds (a lawyer).