Olympus Has Fallen (2013)



Critic Consensus: It's far from original, but Olympus Has Fallen benefits from Antoine Fuqua's tense direction and a strong performance from Gerard Butler -- which might just be enough for action junkies.

Movie Info

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs an all-star cast featuring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, … More

Rating: R (for strong violence and language throughout)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2013
Box Office: $98.9M
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Critic Reviews for Olympus Has Fallen

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (35)

Olympus Has Fallen is made from action-movie mix. Just add sweat.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

A lot of footage of Gerard Butler skulking around dark hallways and neutralizing terrorists.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015

To those who enjoy the Action Movie Fantasy, Olympus Has Fallen is one of the best examples in years.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Let's be upfront. Olympus Has Fallen is dumb, violent, overlong, jingoistic, racist, predictable, derivative, and whatever other adjectives those with no sense of B-grade fun wish to throw at it.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

While never scaling John McClane-level excitement, Fuqua's film is good popcorn fun

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
The National

A vile propagandistic action flick that shamelessly indulges fears of terrorism while also failing on a basic narrative level.

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Olympus Has Fallen


Mike Banning: Classified? Really? Well right now, I think I have the proverbial need to fuckin' know.

"When our flag falls our nation will rise."

Olympus Has Fallen was better than I expected, but also as bad as I expected. It's not a good movie. It's full of patriotic propaganda that filmmakers for some reason love to use. As a simple popcorn flick, it's pretty fun though and as much as I dislike saying it, I enjoyed the movie for the most part. It has great pace and great action, and in the end that's all movies like this need.

A secret service agent isn't able to save the presidents wife after a car crash and he is relieved of his duties and sent to a desk job. 18 months later, while the President meets with the prime minister of South Korea, North Korean terrorists overtake the White House and take the President and some other high ranking officials hostage in the White House bunker. Mike Banning, the aforementioned secret service agent makes his way to the White House and ends up being the only man left in there that is on the side of the United States. Now he has to fight his way through a shit load of terrorists in order to save the president and the country.

Gerrard Butler definitely makes this movie go down easier. He's a lot of fun to watch, as always. If only he could pick better films. Butler plays a John McClain like character in a movie that can pretty much be thrown into the sub genre of Die Hard ripoffs. Morgan Freeman plays the Speaker of the House, who has to take over as acting president while the real president and vice president are unable to. Aaron Eckart plays the president and does a reasonably good job.

As far as a recommendation goes, fans of violent, bloody actioneers will have quite a bit of fun. If you need something of more substance in the films you watch, you should probably look elsewhere. Overall though, this is a reasonably decent film that's a lot more fun that it probably should be.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Good action movie. Perhaps it was not very realistic, and yes the main "hero" was a bit unbelievable in his ability to shoot, kill, be stabbed, fall great heights and have skills beyond belief. So, no it was not a deeply intellectual movie. But, nonetheless a thrill ride from beginning to end.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Olympus may have fallen in Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen, but the body count rises.Pretty straightforward story going on here without much in the way of surprise; however, while the first 30 minutes proves to be some average buildup, the following 80 minutes harness some solid entertainment value.When compared to other elements of this picture, the usage of CG is a letdown. The aerial sequences involving helicopters and planes, while destructive in nature, are underwhelming. Fortunately, the rest of the bloody violence and shootings make up for this weakness.Gerard Butler isn't someone we haven't seen before, but watching him go to work here is the highlight of the film. Morgan Freeman is second on the stepladder and everyone else tends to fall back into the rubble.In the action department Olympus Has Fallen delivers. That's all there is to it.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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