1. Guest,
    If you need help getting to know Xenforo, please see our guide here. If you have feedback or questions, please post those here.
    Dismiss Notice

Olympus has Fallen Quick Review

Discussion in 'Movies' started by mattCR, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. mattCR

    mattCR Executive Producer
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,472
    Likes Received:
    368
    Location:
    Overland Park, KS
    Real Name:
    Matt
    Far better than I expected; comes across a bit like a Patriot Games type film. The action is pretty good though at times not very plausible, and the storyline is typical popcorn.

    Still, I found it far more effective than it could have been because there were no goofy side plots that drove it off the rails, just straight forward action.

    It's definitely one I'll grab on BD, just for the special effects.

    B
     
  2. DavidJ

    DavidJ Premium
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2001
    Messages:
    2,990
    Likes Received:
    188
    Real Name:
    David
    That was pretty much my assessment of the movie as well Matt. I'm not a Gerard Butler fan, but he did well in this. It has a pretty strong cast.
     
  3. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Messages:
    17,042
    Likes Received:
    894
    Location:
    Chicago-ish/NW Indiana
    Real Name:
    Sam
    You mean there is no Scandal goin on?

    Ha Ha...might see it over the weekend once BB is over...
     
  4. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    24,968
    Likes Received:
    2,773
    Location:
    The basement of the FBI building
    It's very silly but it was fun. Butler is OK but he's no Kiefer Sutherland (he might as well be playing Jack Bauer) but the supporting cast was made up of really good actors (Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman, Angela Basset, Dylan McDermot).

    And I'm a pretty jaded viewer but they must have mowed down like 100 people in this thing.
     
  5. mattCR

    mattCR Executive Producer
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,472
    Likes Received:
    368
    Location:
    Overland Park, KS
    Real Name:
    Matt
    I thought Eckhart was good in it, so was Freeman and Basset. Didn't much care for McDermot... look, this isn't a film that's a classic. It's straightforward, and yes, it's a lot like "24". As to "100 people", hell, 100 were dead before they even got to the whitehouse with the random shooting of people in the streets.
    The goofiest/strangest moment was the National Monument destructing and seemingly throwing brings and pieces a good distance away as people ran from it to get squashed
     
  6. DavidJ

    DavidJ Premium
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2001
    Messages:
    2,990
    Likes Received:
    188
    Real Name:
    David
    Yeah, the body count is quite high. It's a pretty violent film especially since our hero seemed to love knifing people in the brain.
     
  7. Adam Gregorich

    Owner

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 1999
    Messages:
    15,571
    Likes Received:
    648
    Location:
    The Other Washington
    Real Name:
    Adam
    This is on my short list to see. Glad to see positive comments.
     
  8. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    28,178
    Likes Received:
    3,872
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    I'm going to see this film today due to a bout of "cabin fever".







    Crawdaddy
     
  9. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    28,178
    Likes Received:
    3,872
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    More than a 100 people within the first half hour or so. I had a really good time watching this R rated film even with its implausible elements.
     
  10. Jason_V

    Jason_V Producer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,231
    Likes Received:
    537
    Location:
    Bothell, WA
    Real Name:
    Jason
    The only real nitpick our group could find was the Washington Monument shot. Otherwise, this is a hard R action movie with lots of blood, violence, death and cursing. It's not brilliant, but we were never ever bored by it.
     
  11. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2001
    Messages:
    16,228
    Likes Received:
    1,300
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    It's basically Die Hard in the White House, if John McClane had been a highly-trained former Army Ranger with an intimate knowledge of the building. I definitely enjoyed it for what it was.
     
  12. Jason_V

    Jason_V Producer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,231
    Likes Received:
    537
    Location:
    Bothell, WA
    Real Name:
    Jason
    Indeed. This is what A Good Day to Die Hard should have been.
     
    Lromero1396 likes this.
  13. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    24,968
    Likes Received:
    2,773
    Location:
    The basement of the FBI building
    Based on the trailers, I thought it was Die Hard In The White House but once I saw the movie, I realized they took their story directly from a couple episodes of the seventh season of 24.
     
  14. Michael Elliott

    Michael Elliott Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    Messages:
    7,412
    Likes Received:
    177
    Location:
    KY
    Real Name:
    Michael Elliott
    The film really reminded me of those films that were made during WWII. You know, the ones that had the American flag raised high in the air and they weren't afraid to say America is better than you and we're going to kick your ass. I was really surprised at how brutal the film was. The violence was pretty much non-stop but it wasn't even afraid to beat the hell out of and kill women. Most of these films are just male on male fighting but this one here broke away from that. The plot was certainly stupid but for a popcorn movie it was a lot of fun. I thought the cast were a lot of fun even though there really weren't any "great" performances. Hey, great actors should have fun sometimes.

    As others have said, perhaps Fox should have bought this screenplay and threw Willis into it for DIE HARD 5.
     
    Lromero1396 likes this.
  15. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2000
    Messages:
    5,666
    Likes Received:
    355
    Terrible movie. Terrible, terrible, terrible movie. Quite possibly the dumbest movie I've seen in years - characters have to make such overtly idiotic decisions to move the plot that I couldn't help but laugh.

    The actors look embarrassed to be there - and I was embarrassed for them.

    Better than "Good Day to Die Hard", but not by much...
     
  16. Michael Elliott

    Michael Elliott Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    Messages:
    7,412
    Likes Received:
    177
    Location:
    KY
    Real Name:
    Michael Elliott
    Over at IMDB they have threads like "100 Things I Learned From This Movie." I'm sure we could create "1000 Logical Issues with Olympus Has Fallen" but I think I don't think anyone involved meant for anyone to take it too serious. I think ALL action pictures have zero bits of logic because if they did the good guy would get killed within minutes and there'd be no movie.
     
    Lromero1396 likes this.
  17. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2000
    Messages:
    5,666
    Likes Received:
    355
    I understand that, and I don't expect action flicks to be perfect bastions of logic. However, I just thought this one went above and beyond in its relentless pursuit of idiocy. The characters are such morons that I don't believe any of them could tie their shoes independently, much less achieve success in life.

    I hate to be the guy that snickers smugly at a bad movie, but I couldn't help myself this time - "Olympus" was so completely moronic that I had to laugh at it. It was like a spoof of action movies, but I think they wanted us to take it seriously...
     
  18. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Messages:
    17,042
    Likes Received:
    894
    Location:
    Chicago-ish/NW Indiana
    Real Name:
    Sam
    At least it wasn't The Last Action Hero.
     
  19. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2000
    Messages:
    5,666
    Likes Received:
    355
    I actually enjoyed "Last Action Hero". I'm not an action movie snob - I just thought this one was a total dud...
     
  20. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    28,178
    Likes Received:
    3,872
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    To each his own as I almost couldn't watch that film from beginning to end.
     

Share This Page