Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Trailer: Olympus Has Fallen looks like a terrific old-school action blast with a cast to die for.

Good lord this looks like great fun!  If this is supposed to be the "B-Level" movie about terrorists taking over the White House (proceeding the Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx action thriller White House Down), then I can't imagine how good that Roland Emmerich action picture might be.  Antoine Fuqua is a generally solid action filmmaker and the cast (Gerald Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Cole Hauser, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, and Rick Yune) is to die for.  Yes it's mired in cliche, but tell me you didn't grin a little bit when you correctly predicted Butler gravely intoning "I'm the best hope you have!".  It's a little odd to have Ashley Judd for such a small part, unless A) she's still alive in the end or B) she wanted a paycheck to finance her probable US Senate run in 2014.  Either way, this looks like an old-school action blast from the proverbial past, a gee-wiz Die Hard/Air Force One hybrid that is hopefully high-energy, production value-rich, genre fun.  Olympus Has Fallen opens on March 22, 2013.  Come what may, it looks like we may get at least one good Die Hard movie this spring after all.  This one was barely on my radar and now it's among my top must-sees of the season.  Nice work, Film District marketing!

Scott Mendelson


Bill Vegas said...

Jeez calm down.

It's "Die Hard" in The White House for crying out loud.

Butler looked a far cry from Bruce Willis to me.

Of course that plane would never get anywhere near The White House before being blown out of the sky.

Let alone allowed to get close enough to actually fire 50 cal machine guns on it.

Bumping off the First Lady to make Aaron Eckhart appealing was a cheap trick.

Matt from Phoenix said...

Aaron Eckhart will kill the final bad guy with the phrase, "GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!" Right ? RIGHT?! Whosewithmeonthis? :D

Jose Cordova said...

This is looking like it could be the Safe of 2013. A great B-Movie action romp.

Scott Mendelson said...

Agreed on the last two points, but it's part of the whole 'suspension of disbelief' thing. I can ride with it.

Bigzilla said...

So you didn't mind all that horrific CGI, which isn't likely to get much better in time for release? Because I found it completely distracting. Looking forward to White House Down a lot more than this.


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