Monday, August 19, 2013

Spotlight: Olympus Has Fallen (Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman)

An ex-Special Forces operative and former presidential bodyguard must fight to take back the White House from terrorists who have kidnapped the Commander in Chief in this high-stakes action thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) and starring Gerard Butler. In the aftermath of a tragic accident involving the president (Aaron Eckhart) and the first lady (Ashley Judd), Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) is handed his walking papers. When a powerful terrorist group seizes command of the White House and takes the president hostage, the entire nation watches as the Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) becomes the acting president, and plans his response. Meanwhile, Banning finds himself trapped in the White House as it comes under siege from all sides. With no choice but to fight back against the heavily-armed invaders, Banning must rely on his extensive knowledge of the building to rescue the president, and prevent the situation from spiraling into all-out war.

Gerard Butler (Playing for keeps, Machine Gun Preacher, The Bounty Hunter) as Mike Banning
Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles, Rabbit Hole, The Dark Knight) as President Benjamin Asher
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight, RED, Invictus) as Speaker Allan Trumbull
Angela Bassett (Jumping the Broom, ER, Akeelah and the Bee) as Lynne Jacobs, the Director of the Secret Service
Rick Yune (The Man with the Iron Fists, Ninja Assassin, Alone in the Dark II) as Kang Yeonsak
Dylan McDermott (Hostages, The Campaign, Dark Blue) as Dave Forbes
Finley Jacobsen (Marmaduke, Marley & Me) as Connor Asher
Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, The Sea Is All I Know) as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
Radha Mitchell (Sillent Hill, The Waiting City, Finding Nervland) as Leah Banning
Robert Forster (The Descendants, Diamond Men, Jackie Brown) as US Army General Edward Clegg,
Cole Hauser (The Hit List, Like Dandelion Dust, Tortured) as Agent Roma
Ashley Judd (Bug, Divine Stecrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Double Jeopardy) as Margaret Asher
Phil Austin (The Host, Final Destination, Chain Letter) as Vice President Charlie Rodriguez
James Ingersoll (Alligator, Back to School, Miday) as Admiral Nathan Hoenig
Freddy Bosche (Halo: Reach, The Iceman) as Agent Diaz
Lance Broadway (Undeliverable, Food Attack, Deadly Notes) as Agent O'Neil
Tory Kittles (Malibu’s Most Wanted, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Miracle at St. Anna) as Agent Jones
Sean O'Bryan (Jump Rope Spirit, Playing for Keeps, Heaven) as Ray Monroe
Keong Sim (Monday Mornings, Glee, The Last Airbender) as South Korean Prime Minister Lee Tae-Woo

From the trailers of this movie and since I never paid any attention from them, I thought this was going to be another aliens in the United States again. Now although I am glad that it wasn’t, since I have seen enough of those, the idea of the White House being taken over wasn’t to appealing to me. I did like the plot but it just didn’t seem to keep me as interested as I was hoping for. Since the scene is pretty early on , I don’t think I am spoiling much, but the way they killed off the mother to progress the plot just seemed really dull and boring. Gerard Butler is a complete badass hero as he traversed through the White House trying to kill the baddies and save the president. Rick Yune was quite a thrilling villain and was always serious and did some intense scenes. I also want to say Morgan Freeman made a great Speaker and he always is incredible no matter what he plays. All the cast were great and I did enjoy what they did, but I just feel as though the plot and how the movie progressed was extremely boring.

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