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FBI Aide: Olympus has fallen! Olympus has fallen!
As you may or may not know, I tend to get particularly excited when the title of a movie is said in the movie, and because of that I ordinarily don't use that moment in the film as one of the quotes I give in my reviews, since I wouldn't want to spoil that moment for people reading who have not seen the movie yet. However, with Olympus Has Fallen I just had to use that quote because a) Come on, you knew it was going to be said. And b) the line perfectly resembles the essence behind this action blockbuster.
The movie stars Gerard Butler as Mike Banning, a former security guard and friend of the president of the United States. After a traumatizing accident, Mike has been moved down to some desk job. When the North Koreans invade Washington D.C, destroying the White House and the Washington Memorial, they kidnap the president along with another group of people and hold them hostage in the now damaged White House. Witnessing this Mike Banning goes to rescue his former superior commander and whoever else he can.
General Edward Glegg: Can we trust him?
Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs: He will move mountains or die trying.
It is easy to say that this is not a great film. The movie really is not all that artsy at all. Some of the effects look a bit fake and the dialogue is laughable. The movie is, in fact just a cool bloody blockbuster, and it knows that. It is essentially a throwback to '90s action films, like Independence Day or Air Force One or any of the Die Hard movies. In fact, Olympus Has Fallen has a vastly similar plot to the first Die Hard movie. (despite that being an '80s film) This film also contains all of the cheesy elements as the Die Hard sequels and all those other awesome action cheese-fests the '90s brought us. My theory here is that the whole reason this movie was made was to pay homage to those types of films we all used to love to watch.
The actors here also tie everything together nicely. Butler was great as his John McClaine-ish type character who is funny, vulnerable, and completely bad-ass. Aaron Eckhart plays the president. After seeing him as Gotham City's great Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight I always thought this guy would be just perfect to play the role of the U.S president. Rick Yune is good too as the ruthless terrorist douche bag who likes to be in charge. What surprised me to the greatest extent though was Oscar winning Melissa Leo's character Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan. She was fantastic as her tough as nails character who took a vicious beating, giving us some very effective scenes. Overall, having such great famous actors in a movie like this really helped it out rather than taking anything away from it.
Speaker Allan Trumbull: We're talking about the safety of the president of the United States!
Mike Banning: We're talking about a hell of a lot more than that, sir.
Long story, short Olympus Has Fallen is not ground breaking, but it is very entertaining by its suspense and fine acting/directing. It is also cool to see a movie like this on the big screen in 2013. I bet this is exactly what Kim Jong Un is fantasizing about right now, even though he will never succeed at ever doing it.
President Asher: The United States doesn't negotiate with terrorists!
Kang: Who said anything about negotiating?
Ash: You bastards, why are you torturing me like this? Why?!
Sam Raimi's directorial debut The Evil Dead was a revolutionary film for the horror genre. It showed not only how far out a movie can go with a ridiculous premise, but it also proved how shocking a movie can be with such a small budget.
It's your ordinary "cabin-in-the-woods" story. Three college students over spring break visit an old eerie cabin deep in the woods only to find a book and read it, unknowingly releasing flesh possessing demons to try to torture and kill them all.
From a raw perspective it may sound very generic, but in 1981 the idea of combining elements of the cabin-in-the-woods plot with supernatural elements, was pure gold.
Possessed Linda: [singing] We're going to get you. We're going to get you. Not another peep. Time to go to sleep.
Ash: Shut up! Shut up!
I have seen footage of this movie being made on the Special Edition DVD and I must say, the true inspiration exported from this movie is how it was made and still considered a cult classic today. The entire film uses little to none computer effects. Despite one scene at the end, EVERY prop is some kind of cheap merchandise, yet while watching the movie published, it still makes my skin crawl. This only goes to show the magic of movies cannot be bought and that anyone can make a great movie if they just put their imagination to it.
That being said, this is a cheaply made film and not everything, however, is totally superb. The acting is not very good, the dialogue is laughable, and the editing is 'all over the place'. Although if you think about it, the fact that it is so cheap shows us that the movie is trying to do that on purpose. People these days still cannot decide weather The Evil Dead was trying to establish a serious or sarcastic tone, and that is why. The movie is self aware, over the top, crazy, and is meant to generate laughs for those who watch it 30-40 years later, and scare the living shit out of people who saw it when it came out in '81. That is genius right there.
Scotty: We have to bury her.
Ash: We can't bury Shelly, she's a friend of ours.
Kyle's Favorite Movies
My favorite movie of all time! What makes Pulp Fiction so different than anything else is that it doesn't make you think of that movie from the mid 90s with John Travolta. It makes you think of every other film ever made and how this makes fun of all the same formulas we are used to. It makes you think about fate, life, and just about anything that goes with that category. In Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the movie's message was much like the message in Pulp Fiction. 2001 was a movie about everything. Pulp Fiction also is as intelligent and I can easily see it as a movie about everything as well. Pulp Fiction surrounds three stories. One of the stories is about two hit-men who like to talk small on their way to big jobs. The other story is of the hit-men's boss's coke-addicted, but sexy wife who also likes to talk, only not about awkward mindless bullshit. Another story is of a boxer who finds redemption over a watch through several violent acts. And there is the story about two British diner robbers who are also into conversation like everyone besides the boxer, Butch. Notice how Butch's story has the least amount of dialogue out of the three stories. Butch is also the only one who only talks when he is responding in some way. There are way too many hidden meanings and messages in this movie for me to talk about. I'd have to watch the whole movie and take notes because definitively every single scene and probably every line of dialogue in the movie has to do with something else in it that leads to a huge hidden message. And every time I watch this movie (or think about it hard enough) I find something new. There are so many things that make the intelligence of this movie so remarkable; for example, why is there a giant bandage on the back of Marsellus Wallace's neck? The popular opinion on this is that there is a hole in the back of Marsellus's neck in which his evil soul had escaped. It's current location is supposedly in the glowing briefcase (unlocked by the code "666") that Vincent and Jules take back from the kids at the beginning of the film. Also, we never get to see what is inside the briefcase. The audience is left to wonder about a lot of these questions. There literally is no right or wrong to this question because what's in the case is irrelevant. It's only a device used to further along the story; what Alfred Hitchcock so famously referred to as a McGuffin. If you think about everything this movie gives you, you can realize that it was fate that brought the three stories together. I just love this movie so much because when a story is about fate, it can easily be seen as a movie about everything, and when a movie is about everything, that is just incredibly awesome! Especially for a movie buff like myself. This is a very fun and cool movie as well. It's always a joy to watch, and when a movie is over 2 and a half hours and you can say that, you know it's good! The cinematography and camera work is nice to look at, the music is perfect, the characters are all so colorful and the actors are at the top of their game. To be able to say who was best would be impossible. And everyone is in the movie just the right amount. We see Samuel L. Jackson at the beginning of the film and we don't see him again until the end. The first time I watched this movie I thought I wasn't going to get enough out of him, but I'm telling you, he absolutely owns the last 30 minutes. I was blown away and inspired by his performance. He should have won Best supporting actor at the Academy Awards. I don't want to get into the whole Tom Hanks vs. John Travolta thing. Pulp Fiction may have been a smarter movie altogether, but the performances in Forrest Gump and the performances in this film were equally great in my opinion. However, if Forrest Gump, or anything had beat Pulp Fiction to best screenplay I probably would stop watching the Oscars. The writing in Pulp Fiction is unbeatable. Every single solitary line has become iconic. Quentin Tarantino tries to show us things that any other editor would have easily cut out. In one of the earlier scenes, Vincent(Travolta) and Jules(Jackson) are on their way to a job to kill somebody and the whole way up to the apartment they talk about some very entertaining mindless bullshit that somehow connects to whatever's on their mind. When they finally get to the apartment, they find out that they still have some time to talk, so they walk to the end of the hallway and keep talking. The camera waits impatiently for them, not moving along with them and just waiting at the door turning towards them. It's a very unique way to make a movie: to have it move a long with just dialogue. In many scenes you can have your eyes closed and just listen and you won't miss a thing. But this new form of filmmaking must be done right. The writing must be good. Tarantino's dialogue is so rich that you can't remember exact lines of dialogue. There are certain movies that people watch over and over and over again and eventually after watching it they know it word for word. I don't care how many times you watch Pulp Fiction, you will never be able to remember every exact line. It took me a month to remember the exact lines of two minutes of the film, and I still can't remember it anymore. There's no question about it: the writing is pure art. It makes me feel like i'm watching a darker violent version of Seinfeld. There is no doubt in my mind that this isn't the greatest movie ever made!
In 1977 George Lucas changed the meaning of science fiction forever. He made Star Wars, or as some people call it, A New Hope. But I hate calling it that. The title will always remain as Star Wars in my book. This movie is fantastic. Everything about it is absolute perfection. It's crazily entertaining. George Lucas knows what he is going for. He has such a visual imagination which creates this amazing world(or galaxy).I think the 10 Oscar nominations (including best picture), people still referring to the characters and things in it to this day should already prove how good it is. What else can I say about this movie. There s also ground breaking special effects and a mind blowing score. Classic story! It gets better every time i watch it, and I have seen it QUITE a few times.Flixster - Share Movies