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      Olympus has Fallen

      Antoine Fuqua has been one of those directors that shined bright and early with a movie like "Training Day" that was nominated for Oscars and acknowledgements, and then he sort of went into mediocre land. Now with "Olympus has Fallen" many are saying that he has finally done something worth watching again. Here??s my opinion on that matter.

      "Olympus has Fallen" immediately inserts you into the lives of Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) and President of the United States Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). Immediately you see that Fuqua has achieved a realistic portrayal of life with the American President in an age of random shootings, terrorists and thriving dictator leadership. Banning has his work cut out for him. Fuqua has done his homework and the behind the scenes with the President feel works fantasically.

      As if the screenwriter made adjustments to this movie just two weeks ago (impossible), we find the President preparing for a vital war-avoiding meeting with the South Koreans at the White House. Little do they know that the North Koreans have planned an aggressive and brazen attack on the White House and they come fast and hard.

      In a way, "Olympus has Fallen" is a lot of what we??ve seen before in action movies, but never have we seen such a shocking attack on our nations most precious house. Many will say that this attack is unrealistic and impossible, but as we??ve all seen in recent years, the impossible and shocking shows up on our news on a weekly/monthly basis. Anyway, if you erase all those preconceived notions, you should be able to just sit back and enjoy a pretty intense action film.

      There are lots of twists and double-crosses in "Olympus has Fallen" and it adds to the tension. Although the personal connection we feel to the characters is the movies best asset. "Olympus" is no "Die Hard", but it is a better film then all of its predecessors. Some of the effects in "Olympus" are less than great, but when a good story is being told, effects can be forgiven. Butler is effective as a former Army Ranger. In fact, this may be Butler??s saving grace after receiving poor review after poor review for his previous films.

      "Olympus has Fallen" is a good action film that mostly takes place inside the White House and makes the most out of every antiquities destruction. It is certainly a fun trip to the movies that will have you glued to the screen the entire time. There is never a dull moment and while a lot of it just missed going into the stratosphere, it is still a consistently good movie.