“Olympus Has Fallen”
Gerard Butler’s Face
Emily Sierra Poertner
Olympus Has Fallen premiered on March 23. It’s an action film staring big names like Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart. It was directed by Antoine Fuque, known for directing other action movies such as Tears of the Sun (2003), Shooter (2007), and Brooklyn’s Finest (2007).
This movie was perfectly casted. Eckhart plays Benjamin Asher, the President of the United States. In the first scene there is a tragedy in which his wife dies in a car accident but he survived thanks to Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler). Freeman takes on a slightly more sinister role than he’s typically casted in. While he’s still a “good guy” there is an tension between his character and Butler’s that makes Freeman hard to trust. Gerard Butler was at home in his character. He was transferred after the accident with the President’s wife to the Treasury but once he sees the havoc he goes around for most of the movie shooting bad guys, which is what he does best.
The White House was taken in an incredibly detailed, well enacted terrorist attack. During the attack there is no stop in the action. There is tons of shooting, explosions, ground and aerial attacks. Even though the terrorists are attacking our capital you can’t help but feel excited.
Butler infiltrates the captured White House and uses his skills as a secret service agent to maneuver his way around the occupied White House and out smart, and out bad-ass the terrorist to try and save the President. Of course the movie isn’t just about saving the President but the nation itself.
While most of the heavy action is done by Gerard Butler, he doesn’t steal the show. The scenes are incredibly well balanced. There is more than enough action for any die hard action enthusiast but it isn’t the entire movie. There are moving, dramatic scenes outside of the White House and inside the bunker where the President is held. Olympus Has Fallen doesn’t really have “something for everyone” but it is one of the best action movies in years.