Review: Olympus Has Fallen

After spending a week earlier putting myself through the debacle called G.I Joe Retaliation, I decided to try out another new release at the cinemas.

I had been earlier warned by a couple of close friends not to watch Oz The Great and Powerful in the cinemas and even though I usually don’t let people deter me much, I was not about to go through two horrible movies in a row.

2013 has had a lot of average to mediocre films, so I wasn’t expecting too much from Olympus…. but WAS I DISAPPOINTED!

This movie was awesome! And I do not say that lightly. I believe it’s the best release so far this year, and I genuinely liked it.

[toggle title=”Plot/Production“]First I would like to say that Americans are really proud of themselves o. Imagine the code name for the white house in the movie is ‘Olympus’. Well we sef we have our own mountain, just imagine hearing: ‘Aso Rock has fallen’. Lol!

Anyways, back to the plot and production…. Action packed, coherent and emotion yanking are some of the words that come to mind when describing just what this movie represents. Not only are you pulled into a story, the action sequences seem genuine and not too far-fetched and superfluous; the flow is awesome and the direction is nice. If you think I’m praising the film too much then please watch it to see if I’m right.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Cast“]Mike Banning played by Gerard Butler

There is a certain loyalty that is portrayed by Hollywood about people in the American armed forces that even if false is the perception of the general public worldwide. Looking at characters like Jack Bauer, Ethan Hawke, even the G.I Joes, you notice that whether by words or action, they portray the fact that they would die for their cause! (but I guess even the bad guys are like that).

This character is driven by that loyalty and Mr Butler plays the role with poise, calm and stealth all together. Impressive? Definitely!


President Benjamin Asher played by Aaron Eckhart

Hollywood is busy doing Mr Black President in all their movies these days (you’ll see when you watch White House Down), so I was surprised this particular one was white but it didn’t hurt the film in any way, in fact it made it more fun when Mr Freeman became the man in charge.

I don’t think this particular president had the most memorable impression on me but at the same time he didn’t have a bad impression #thatisall.


Speaker Allan Trumbull played by Morgan Freeman

I don’t know if it’s because this character was played by Mr Freeman or if it was the plot and script but I got the impression that Allan Trumbull was a very wise man.

From the first meeting where he didn’t appear fussy to the calmness and authority he portrayed during all the proceedings, I just kept liking him more and more.  His confrontation with the US Army General comes to mind now and I remember the applause from the audience as we watched. In my opinion, they were fortunate this character was the one left in charge.


Kang Yeonsak played by Rick Yune

This is where I have my qualms about the film.

  1. What was South Korea doing when a known North Korean terrorist invaded their system? It’s not as if he had a face change or something!
  2. How come it was taking them forever to get anything on the guy but after one clue, the flood gates opened. (I know it’s possible but the way it happened just left a little sour taste in my mouth)

Apart from that, this character made sense. The planning was tight and his execution on point. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Supporting Cast“]This movie had an awesome ensemble cast. Angela Bassett was there to play the strong black woman with experience getting things done, Melissa Leo was on ground to play the resilient one, Finley Jacobsen played the courageous child in a fearful situation, Dylan McDermott played the traitor with ease, Radha Mitchelle played hero’s wife without even knowing she was, Ashley Judd did well in her cameo as first lady, Cole Hauser couldn’t stop Olympus from falling but did so with great  courage, all the other Koreans just came on board to die, Phil Austin played a very forgettable Vice President and Robert Forster played Mr Arrogant Army man.[/toggle]

I just have one final thought for these guys: After the helicopter crash, when it looked like it was all over, what was stopping them from going in to the white house?

I mean they thought the president and the terrorists were dead, they thought it was all over, but no instruction was given to go check out what was happening on ground.

As far as I’m concerned time of response was too short, because at that point there was supposedly nothing left to lose if they poured all their forces into the white house.

These are my thoughts, there may be another explanation. If you have it, please share it.

Olympus still remains my best film so far this year sha.



  1. Oluwatobi

    23rd April 2013 at 11:14 pm

    O ga o, Moviepencil! Not even a hint of a spoiler alert! Ahn ahn!! If not for my acute paragraph-jumping skills, I woulda read stuff I’d NEVER have forgiven you for… EVER!!!

    • tyAsh

      24th April 2013 at 1:20 am

      Lool as in! Those skills ARE vital!

    • MoviePencil

      24th April 2013 at 9:22 am

      LOL. No vex….. Usually don’t give any but the film sweet gaan.

  2. tyAsh

    24th April 2013 at 1:15 am

    Thanks man! Cool stuff!

  3. nathan

    4th May 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Really cool movie.n yh I noticed d president was white (harrison ford remains my fav American president tho)..was a bit angry sef,bt since aaron ddnt do bad n morgan was,issolgud I guess

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