|Hollywood White House Battle 2013 Round 1: Olympus Has Fallen|
|Ashley Judd gives Michelle Obama a run for her $ as 1st Lady if you ask me!|
|Kind of crazy that Olympus Has Fallen ended up being a better Die Hard film, than A Good Day to Die Hard, even though it isn't a Die Hard film. This is in big part due to Gerard Butler's performance as Agent Mike Banning|
As the film progresses one things is made evidently clear: Olympus Has Fallen truly wanted to be the hard R-rated White House thriller of the year because not only do we get to see Gerard Butler tear through terrorists one by one on his hell bent mission to rescue the President, but you get to see him obliterate his foe's in very Die-Hard, R rated ways. This is where Olympus Has Fallen is at it's best as the film's lower budget allows Butler to play off of the story's primary villain Kang Yeonsak (Rick Yune) and his henchmen in a very confined, but still action packed way, very much like the original Die Hard. When Butler isn't tearing through henchmen he is able to interact and crack wise in clever ways with the authority figures of the film: Speaker of the House Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Clegg (Robert Forester). These interactions, fueled by Butler's best performance since he played King Leonidas in 300, are ultimately what makes the thrill ride that is Olympus Has Fallen truly work.
|Morgan Freeman, a man truly worthy of the 25th Amendment!|
|Character driven action always provides the ultimate payoff!|