The white house is under attack. Again. Except this time it isn’t aliens but rather a terrorist group with access to some big ass planes (is that a C-130?!).
Directed by Antoine Fuqua, a man better known for action movies that don’t feature big explosions, though Shooter did have at least one, Olympus Has Fallen seems full of big action sequences, including the blowing up of the White House, code name: Olympus.
Gerard Butler stars as a disgraced secret service agent who finds himself inside the White House when a terrorist takes over and kidnaps the president (Aaron Eckhart). Morgan Freeman stars as the guy who takes over the rescue effort (since the president is MIA), Rick Yune is tasked with playing the terrorist mastermind and the movie also stars Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd, Angela Bassett and Dylan McDermott.
The trailer suggests lots of low budget explosions, lots of shooting and more than a handful of one liners. This feels more like a Die Hard movie than the last and upcoming actual Die Hard movies and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Could go either way but judging from some of these scenes, particularly the burned up American flag falling from the White House, it’s likely to take itself far too seriously to be much fun. And yet, I can’t help but think there could be *something* here.
We’ll find out when the movie opens on March 22nd.