Movie Review – Olympus Has Fallen

WARNING: Spoilers. There are plot giveaways in this review. (But nothing big so stop having a cry and read the damn review!)



IMDB Rating: 6.5 out of 10 (64,484 votes)

Director: Antoine Fuqua

The poster for Olympus Has Fallen.

The poster for Olympus Has Fallen.

Olympus Has Fallen is the type of film you’ll never want to see again, because it treats you like it never wants to see YOU again either; it insults you, it bewilders you, it frustrates you, it does not like you. Therefore, you will not like it.

Antoine Fuqua, the film’s director, has brought us a steaming pile of patriotic trash which we are supposed to enjoy. I don’t see how it’s enjoyable in the slightest. Olympus Has Fallen thinks you have the IQ of a monkey…who has had his brain repeatedly stabbed with a blunt pencil. The film explains things once, then explains that same thing again, as all the while Angela Bassett says “Oh My God” a million times over. But I guess, to the film’s credit, that’s what Olympus Has Fallen is all about; repetitive nonsense that contributes nothing to the originality of the film. How exciting.

The characters are so unlikeable, even Morgan Freeman is on the backburners. Yeah, that’s right; Olympus Has Fallen even makes us desensitized to Morgan Freeman. That alone is the mark of a terrible story. The film is so frustrating, at a point you’ll be thinking “Gee, I wish Morgan Freeman would go in there himself”, because you know then that he’d be finished off quickly and the film would have a plausable reason to end itself.

Olympus Has Fallen insults everything it touches. Firstly, it makes the U.S. Presidency look like it could be handed to the biggest doofus on the face of the Earth. Aaron Eckhart’s character is the biggest dimwit of the bunch; “You’ll never get the last code off me,” he says valiantly, just as the North Korean’s gain access to the code anyway. Secondly, it stereotypes North Koreans as bloodthirsty terrorists hell-bent on taking the world for themselves. Seriously, it does. There are literally 2 North Koreans in the entire film who aren’t killers: the Prime Minister, and his assistant. And thirdly, it treats women like dogshit. One woman is nearly killed, another woman IS killed, another woman in a very powerful White House job has no intelligence whatsoever, except that she can say “Oh My God” a lot, and the last woman, Banning’s wife, is tossed aside like she was never even there.

Are we playing The Sims?

Are we playing The Sims?

And then there’s Banning.

Oh…wait…he’s basically the only good thing about the whole movie, because he’s the only guy who kicks legitimate ass.

Olympus Has Fallen was made on $70 Million, which proves to me that it is impossible to make a half-decent blockbuster without a good budget. $70 Million is not enough. Just looking at the visual effects for this film again reminded me of how shocking they were. At least film’s like Pacific Rim, or Star Trek Into Darkness, invest in their visuals to make them look good, for the better of the film. Both pictures had +$200 Million budgets.

The script is one of the worst of the year; it takes the cheapest of shortcuts and most predictable of plot twists. You’ll be scratching your head – not because you’re in amazement at the events, but because you’ll be wondering how this film ever got made. For example, one of the White House bodyguards turns out to be an undercover agent for the invading Koreans – how unpredictable – but the moment before his death, he tells Banning some vital information – a completely unprovoked and unfueled act.

But that’s kind of the deal with Olympus Has Fallen; it’s a really, really, really dumb movie.

Enter the most highly-protected building in the world? Gee, that was easy.

Enter the most highly-protected building in the world? Gee, that was easy.

Olympus Has Fallen, a film I saw a long time ago but never bothered to review until now, is everything I hate about action films. It’s so incredibly stupid, so incredibly annoying, so incredibly cheap-looking, so incredibly bland, so incredibly unoriginal. If you are thinking of buying this film on Blu-Ray, seriously reconsider; it may just be the sole factor that sends you to hell.

Funny I say that, because I’d actually rather have a 2-hour visit to the evil underworld than watch this film again.

MY RATING: 2 out of 10.

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