Olympus Has Fallen

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Olympus Has Fallen
Olympus Has Fallen
  • R
  • 1h 40m
  • 2013
Rotten49%
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When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured and the President (Aaron Eckhart) is kidnapped by a terrorist mastermind, disgraced former Presidential guard, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), moves to action. As the national security team scrambles to respond, the secret service ground team is wiped out and it’s up to Banning to retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and also starring Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten49%
Critics Consensus: It's far from original, but Olympus Has Fallen benefits from Antoine Fuqua's tense direction and a strong performance from Gerard Butler -- which might just be enough for action junkies.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
David Sexton
Fresh

Reactionary fantasy, then - but what else are action films for?

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
David Jenkins
Fresh

Butler hardly knocks it out of the park, but he steals the film. And what a film...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

A no-stereotypes-barred, red-scare disaster movie of the sort Jerry "Airplane!" Zucker might write...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Guy Lodge
Fresh

The thrills and the effects are cheap, but this is in hard-driving, good-humoured command of its o...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Patriotism and extreme violence in tense action flick.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Olympus Has Fallen is a remarkably violent but patriotic action thriller that's like Die Hard meets Air Force One, with way more blood. The body count is insanely high -- people are tortured, blown up, shot, and killed in hand-to-hand combat. Plus, a mom dies in a terrible car accident early in the film, and kids and animals are in peril. All of the violence is grisly and cringe-inducingly realistic -- you'll see severed limbs, cracked bones, televised assassinations, and blood splattering everywhere. On the other hand, there's no sex or romance except for a couple of marital kisses, and the language is strong ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole") but not relentless. The movie definitely bleeds red, white, and blue, but the intense violence is too much for young teens.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Action
  • Release Date:March 22, 2013
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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