Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), a former bodyguard of the U.S President, was dismissed after a tragic accident that saw the death of the First Lady. But when a North Korean commando decided to attack the White House and to take the U.S. president (played by Aaron Eckhart) and other government officials hostage, Mike is the only person who can help them... Here is the scenario of this Hollywood blockbuster directed by Antoine Fuqua, director, among others of Training Day, who releases another film about a White House attack. We might have feared a new unoriginal film but Olympus Has Fallen is a captivating and entertaining action-thriller movie...
It is true that the originality of the scenario is not the strength of the movie and the plot is somewhat predictable, but we are still captivated very quickly. Besides, the action scenes are dynamic and efficient, including the impressive 13-minute scene where the White House is stormed by Norths Korean (too bad that the CG are not perfect quality!) . As far as the cast is concerned, Gerard Butler is a very believable secret agent and perfectly embodies the fusion of Jack Bauer (for his conscientious agent side) and John McLane (for his ability to take out bad guys in a row). The bad guy, played by Rick Yune is also very good and really hateful, fulfilling perfectly the role of the dark terrorist. One also notes the presence of Angela Bassett (Tina, ER, ...) and Morgan Freeman, but I find that both are a bit underused .
Olympus Has Fallen brings nothing new to Hollywood but is still a good action movie, led brilliantly by the main actor Gerard Butler. And for fans of the genre, a second film, White House Down, was released in theaters at the end of June.