Last week, I spoke to the “Olympus Has Fallen” writers, director, and cast about the White House siege that unfolds early in the film. It struck me as being a very realistic, plausible sequence, but I wondered exactly how plausible it really was.
Apparently, the series of events that leads to the White House takeover was closer to reality than I ever would’ve guessed.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
According to Fuqua and the film’s writers, a discussion with their on-site experts revealed that the closest military bases would require at least 15 minutes to respond to an attack on the White House with a full show of force. While the building has its own considerable, on-site defenses and a series of security measures in place both on the ground and in the air at all times, that 15-minute window quickly found itself worked into the script.
The result speaks for itself, said the film’s star.
“The more methodical and precise the attack is, the more shocking it is,” Gerard Butler (300, Machine Gun Preacher) told us. “And what leaves you breathless and ripped apart by the end [is that] suddenly the White House has been taken down and besieged by terrorists and the president is hostage in an impenetrable underground bunker, and nobody can do shit about it. You can have an army of a million people but they cannot do anything in that situation.”
You can read the rest of the article at DigitalTrends.com.