Movie Review: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen is a throwback action movie with a worthy lead star (Gerard Butler) and US patriotism to boot.

When the US president (Aaron Eckhart) is taken hostage and the White House (yes, of all places) gets besieged by North Korean extremists (very timely, if I must say so), it's up to disgraced Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) to save the day. Banning, thanks to his extreme familiarity with the White House, escapes all the baddies' attempts to subdue him and sets up an intense finale where he predictably rescues the capital.

While not the most original of action movie premises, the movie does work because of the relatively smart villains and the siege of the White House sequences were pretty exciting. Butler is probably one of the stars that can carry an action movie on his own and he does his best John McClane tribute (minus the "Yippee-ki-yay, m#@$f#@r" bit of course).

I liked what I was in Olympus Has Fallen and I think action movie fans will share my sentiments.

Rating: 3/5