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by Dhanu (subscribe)
Studying media/law at UNSW. Can't decide between being a journalist like Clark Kent, a lawyer like Elle Woods or running an inn like Lorelai Gilmore. Until then...I write.
Published May 25th 2013
One man can apparently do what 50 agents can't?
The White House under siege, the President taken hostage, North Korean infiltration; these events alone reveal the intensity and drama permeating the scenes of Olympus Has Fallen.

When the White House is under attack and all of the Secret Service Agents are dead, it is up to one man to save the day. The first few minutes of the film introduces you to the intense emotional crisis that leads to head of White House security Mike Banning (Gerard Butler's character), being away from the White House when it is attacked. From then on you are left with a bittersweet feeling that makes the rest of the action almost heartless.

It's easy to be swept up in the action, but when you take the time to reflect you start to understand the ridiculousness of the situation. Every single Secret Service Agent protecting the President and the White House is dead, but one man somehow survives the numerous bullets flying towards him and decides to take the well-prepared North Korean infiltrators on single-handedly?

Like any action film, it's fun and engaging to watch, despite the graphic gunshot-to-head scenes, but the plot has too many holes for it to be believable. Still the big Hollywood actors include Aaron Eckhart as the stoic President, Morgan Freeman as Speaker of the House who finds himself in charge of the nation and Gerard Butler as determined and passionate Mike Banning and they make the movie worth watching.

Olympus Has Fallen was released in late April and is playing in cinemas around Sydney for the week. Rated MA15 for plenty of violence, don't take your kids.
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