April 07, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Country: USA

Review: Antoine Fuqua continues his persistent incursions into poor action, with lots of noisy splurge and meaningless results. “Olympus Has Fallen” is a cartoonish farce that even the staunchest action fans must be tired of. The story consists in a North Korean terrorist attack to the White House, where the president was made hostage along with several Governmental workers. What the terrorists didn’t know is that Mike Banning (Gerald Butler), the Presidential security guard was inside the building, ready to save his fatherland and become a new hero. While Banning was gaining ground inside the building until reach the president, the negotiations continued between the leader of the bad guys and a group headed by the acting president Speaker Turnbull (Morgan Freeman). The usual clich├ęs, irksome violence, and basic dialogs, were set just to help filling a plot full of holes. Everything was ridiculous, starting with the tortures imposed to the hostages and ending in the body-to-body fights decorated with the stamp of Bruce Lee (nose wipe with thumb). With a tasteless direction, this is a case to say: Fuqua has fallen.

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