To break into the White House, one would need a lot of firepower, planning, and tricks up their sleeves. In “Olympus Has Fallen,” someone did.
The story starts with the president of the U.S., Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), his wife, the First Lady Margaret Asher (Ashley Judd), and their son Connor Asher (Finley Jacobsen).
The three, along with several members of the White House, are leaving for Camp David for a meeting.
On the way to the meeting, one of the cars gets hit in the windshield, putting it off course and falling off the bridge they were driving over.
The president’s limo gets hit first, being thrown off course as well, until finally ending with the front half over the edge of a bridge.
As the limo threatens to go off the bridge completely, the president is trying to save his wife who was knocked unconscious during this predicament, while the president’s men try to save him and his wife.
Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), the lead Secret Service agent, manages to save the president, but fails to save his wife, who fell into the frozen water below.
18 months later, Banning works for the Treasury Department, demoted for reminding the president too much of his wife’s death.
The same day, the president is having meeting with the prime minister of South Korea when the White House is attacked from the sky and the ground by North Korean-led guerrilla forces.
After trying to get to safety, the president, along with several top officials, are now held captive in their own safety bunker by Kang Yeonsak (Rick Yune), an ex-North Korean terrorist.
Being the only American, alive and free, in the White House, it is up Banning to get the president and anyone else held captive in the bunker free, get Connor out before if he is still in there before he is captured, and stop America from being destroyed.
Using all weapons he can find from dead White House men and Korean terrorists, as well as what is hidden, Banning must use his surroundings to his advantage to outsmart Kang and his men, while also communicating with llan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), the Speaker of the House who is now the Acting President, to make sure Kang can’t get out with the president.
This R-rated Die-Hard-in-the-White-House movie is rated R for a reason.
With excessive overkill shooting, stabs to the head, and accuracy better than a Storm Troopers, be ready for a lot of blood, dislocated, and dead bodies.
The movie has been a big hit, already making over 76 million worldwide.
I highly recommend it.
The cinamatography and direction makes the action sequences all the more real.
It feels like you yourself are involved in the rescue operation as you watch the film in the theaters.
Morgan Freeman is perfect for the role and his acting is, as always, supurb.
If you’re an action, special effects, or war movie fan, this film is perfect for you.