OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
MARCH 22, 2013

Finally, Gerard Butler steps away from the romantic comedy doldrums and into a much better role. Taking on the task of defending the White House, “Olympus Has Fallen” is the first of two Washington D.C. terrorist attack films centered around the President’s house set to release this year (“White House Down” coming this summer). And for the most part, Fuqua’s action film sets the bar high, with a stacked ensemble cast including Aaron Eckhardt, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, and Dillan McDermott.

The script is tight, providing plenty of tasks that are never easy but that never take too long. Butler is a shining example of what an action hero should be, focused and intelligent, bold and determined. “Olympus Has Fallen” was the “Die Hard” film we were waiting for this year with enough originality and darkness to set it apart. As cheesy as the advertisements made it seem, this film rises above and produces a good action film.

RELEASE DATE
March 22, 2013

DIRECTOR
Antoine Fuqua

WRITTEN BY
Creighton Rothenberger
Katrin Benedikt

STUDIO
FilmDistrict

R
(for strong violence and language throughout)

ACTION
THRILLER

119 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Conrad W. Hall

COMPOSER
Trevor Morris

EDITOR
John Refoua

CAST
Gerard Butler
Aaron Eckhart
Morgan Freeman
Angela Bassett
Robert Forster
Cole Hauser
Finley Jacobsen
Ashley Judd
Melissa Leo
Dylan McDermott
Radha Mitchell
Rick Yune

PRODUCED BY
Antoine Fuqua
Gerard Butler
Alan Siegel
Ed Cathell III
Danny Lerner
Mark Gill

BUDGET
$70 million

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