MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ picks body count over brains

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

The body count is high and the blood is red, white and blue in the new action flick, “Olympus Has Fallen.”
“Olympus” is code for the White House, and it does, indeed, fall after North Korean terrorists launch a brutal attack on Washington, D.C.
When the president (Aaron Eckhart) is taken hostage along with his team of foreign policy officials, we see the gloating terrorists take down a bullet-torn American flag and toss it to the ground.
If only we had a hero, a good guy with a chip on his shoulder, somebody like Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), who still mourns the day several years ago when he let the First Lady die in order to save the president.
Banning has all the training and the will to take on the same terrorists that made America’s military, police and Secret Service forces look like fools.
Did I mention that the president’s son and Banning’s little buddy (Finley Jacobsen) is somewhere in the White House and the terrorists really want to find him?
Can Banning save the president, his son and Western civilization all by himself?
I, for one, wouldn’t bet against it, especially since the terrorists turn stupid after their initially successful raid. The Americans aren’t terribly smart either, or the movie would’ve ended a few minutes after it started.
I’m treading lightly here because I don’t want to give away too many plot points, even if I find them stupid. One character’s actions make no sense at all. As my kids said, “You’ve got to have a back story,” and this guy certainly doesn’t.
I don’t mind the high body count or the blood. I’m an American after all, and I’ve been watching gory films since the womb.
Director Antoine Fuqua’s patriotic manipulation worked on me at some level. As bad as this movie is – and it is bad – I still enjoyed watching Banning unleash his fury against the evildoers.
All in all, I suggest you fire up your patriotism by renting the 1980s version of “Red Dawn” and avoiding this mess.
I give “Olympus Has Fallen” a D minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Keli Karlson Wizard 106.7. She gives “Olympus Has Fallen” a B plus.

“Lots of action. Lots of patriotism.”