Movie Review: 'Olympus Has Fallen' -- 2.5 stars

Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart in "Olympus Has

Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart in "Olympus Has Fallen" (Credit: Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart in "Olympus Has Fallen")

Olympus Has Fallen
2.5 stars
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
Rated R

You don't need me to tell you whether to see "Olympus Has Fallen." That's a strange thing for a critic to write, of course, but in this case it's the truth.

If your fancy is tickled by the thought of Gerard Butler blowing away reams of terrorists inside the White House, with the fate of the free world hanging in the balance, you've got to see "Olympus Has Fallen," in which North Korean mercenaries take the president (Aaron Eckhart) and key cabinet members hostage.

If your favorite movies are "Bruce Almighty," "Deep Impact" or any others in which Morgan Freeman plays either God or the president, you must see "Olympus Has Fallen," in which his stone-faced Speaker of the House becomes the acting prez.

If you've grown weary of the Christopher Nolan-style of gritty, realism-driven big-budget action and you long for the era of "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow," when filmmakers thought nothing of obliterating major American cities, don't miss this movie. North Korean terrorists fly right into D.C. in a super-powered military plane, promptly destroying the Washington Monument and gunning down civilians.

If Melissa Leo, playing the Secretary of Defense, bellowing the Pledge of Allegiance as she's dragged around by terrorists sounds like a great time, your day is about to be made.

On the other hand, prospective audience members in search of a thriller without ample logical fallacies and inane stock dialogue ("Noooo!!!" "Mom!!!"), or those who might be resistant to stirrings of patriotic pride at the slow-mo sight of an American flag fluttering in the breeze, would do well to look elsewhere.


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