March 29th, 2013, by Rob

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action-thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman.




Movie2k Watch Movies – Olympus Has Fallen – Plot

Former U.S. Army Ranger Mike Banning is a Secret Service agent assigned to head the Presidential Detail. He maintains a personal, friendly relationship with President Benjamin Asher, First Lady Margaret Asher and particularly their son Connor Asher. On a drive from Camp David, the car transporting the First Family crashes; Banning saves President Asher, but Margaret dies in the crash.

Eighteen months later, Banning works at the Treasury Department, within eyesight of the White House; he has been demoted from the Presidential Detail as he triggers Asher’s memories of the night Margaret died. During a meeting between Asher and the prime minister of South Korea, Korean-led guerrilla forces, aided by treasonous members of the prime minister’s own detail, which include Dave Forbes, an ex-US Secret Service agent, mount an air and ground assault that results in the capture of the White House. Asher and several top officials are held hostage in the White House bunker, where the prime minister is killed. Before he is killed, Agent Roma alerts head of Secret Service Lynne Jacobs that “Olympus has fallen.”

The attack has been masterminded by Kang Yeonsak, an ex-North Korean terrorist who appears to be motivated by hope for a reunification of Korea. Kang seeks to use Asher’s hostage status as leverage to force the U.S. military to withdraw from the Korean Peninsula, allowing the civil war to end. He also seeks to detonate all of America’s nuclear weapons in their silos and destroy the country as revenge for the death of his parents. To accomplish this, he requires the access codes to a system in the bunker called Cerberus, which are held by three top government officials within the bunker, including the President. Asher orders the other two officials to reveal their codes to save their lives, certain that he will not give up his code.

During the assault, Banning sneaks into the White House, disables the internal surveillance and gains access to Asher’s satellite ear phone, which he uses to maintain contact with Allan Trumbull, the Speaker of the House who is now the Acting President. Authorized to proceed, Banning’s first act is to save Connor, who Kang plans to use to force Asher to reveal his Cerberus code. He finds Connor hiding in the walls, thanks to the training Banning had given him, and sneaks him out of the White House. Banning then goes on a mission to obtain information on the assailants and reduce their numbers one by one. This includes Forbes, but not before convincing the traitor to report to Kang that Banning is dead. Meanwhile, Trumbull orders an aerial SEAL assault on the White House, but Kang deploys an advanced anti-aircraft gun system in his possession. Discovering this, Banning advises his commanders to abort the mission, but it proceeds and the new defense annihilates the assault force before Banning can stop it. Kang retaliates for the attempted infiltration by killing Vice President Charlie Rodriguez.

After Banning disables Kang’s communications, the terrorist tries to execute Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan outside the front door in front of the media, but Banning rescues her and takes out several more of Kang’s men in the process. With Kang’s forces dwindling, he fakes his own death, as well as Asher’s, by sacrificing several of his men and the remaining hostages. Kang, Asher, and the few remaining terrorists stay in the bunker, unknown to the outside world. Kang eventually cracks Asher’s code and activates Cerberus as Banning realizes that his apparent suicide was faked. As Kang attempts to escape, Banning dispatches the remaining terrorists and kills Kang in a knife fight, ultimately disabling Cerberus with the assistance of Trumbull. Banning and Asher escape the White House, the U.S. begins to heal from the attack, and Banning once again becomes head of the Presidential Detail.




Movie2k Watch Movies – Olympus Has Fallen – Cast

Gerard Butler as Mike Banning
Aaron Eckhart as President Benjamin Asher
Finley Jacobsen as Connor Asher
Dylan McDermott as Dave Forbes
Rick Yune as Kang Yeonsak
Morgan Freeman as Speaker Allan Trumbull
Angela Bassett as Lynne Jacobs, the head of the Secret Service
Melissa Leo as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
Radha Mitchell as Leah Banning
Cole Hauser as Agent Roma
Phil Austin as Vice President Charlie Rodriguez
James Ingersoll as Admiral Nathan Hoenig
Lance Broadway as O’Neil
Sean O’Bryan as Ray Monroe
Keong Sim as Lee Tae-Woo
Kevin Moon as Cho
Malana Lea as Lim
Robert Forster as US Army General Edward Clegg
Sam Medina as Yu
Ashley Judd as Margaret Asher
Tory Kittles as Jones

Movie2k Watch Movies – Olympus Has Fallen – Release

Olympus Has Fallen was released in the United States on March 22, 2013. It was initially scheduled for an April 5, 2013 release, but moved to avoid competition with The Heat, which was to open at the same time. FilmDistrict distributed the film.

Olympus Has Fallen – Reception

The film has received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 50% of 119 critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.5/10 with the consensus being “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 be just enough for action junkies”. However, audiences enjoyed the film, with an average 4/5 stars and 79% favorable rating out of 13,148. Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 42 based on 25 reviews indicating “mixed or average reviews.” At the end of the first weekend, the film earned $30.5 million, and exceeded Hollywood experts’ predictions by $7 million. The film also was rated an “A-Minus” on CinemaScore.





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