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My review of “Olympus Has Fallen” (a.k.a. “That time King Leonidas saved President Harvey Dent from terrorists in the White House”)

March 22nd, 2013 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

olympus has fallen posterThis was a busy week in movies for me, with three reviews published today and a few more movies I saw this week still in need of reviews. My second review published today takes a look at “Olympus Has Fallen,” the new action movie from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua.

In the film, terrorists take over the White House and a former Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) stuck inside the building must save the President (Aaron Eckhart) and stop the bad guys. The movie is worth watching for the siege sequence alone, as it’s a pretty amazing set piece that I found myself wanting to see again once the movie was over.

Here’s an excerpt from my review:

From the early moments of the siege until the final villain is dispatched, Olympus Has Fallen is a surprisingly brutal, graphic film, packed with more bullets to the head and knives to the vital organs than one might expect going into it. This isn’t a flaw in the marketing, but rather a departure from what we’ve come to expect from action films with high-profile stars these days, which generally keep the worst injuries implied and the action fairly bloodless. Despite its celebrated cast – which includes two Oscar winners and a long list of regulars on the awards circuit – Olympus Has Fallen is a true hard-“R” action movie that dares you not to flinch when its star snaps a bad guy’s neck or paints a wall with pieces of his brain. The level of violence is a shock at first, but only adds to the grim, high-stakes vibe of the film.

You can read the rest of the review at DigitalTrends.com. “Olympus Has Fallen” hits theaters today, March 22.

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