Olympus Has Fallen (Trailer #1) Review

Yeah I am not sure about this one at all, the cast is great, the visuals are pretty bad, the plot is interesting but I really don’t see anything special. The trailer starts off with some story of a body guard who couldn’t save the first ladies life (bored) don’t really see the point of this but then we get to the white house it all starts tuning up a gear. The trailer then gets to this air horn warning system which is always fun and we see a plane flying low over iconic Washington monuments oooh menacing. Then the guns start firing and I am taken right out of the film and its bad CGI, but nothing beats the shot of those security guard gets blown away by an explosion, one of them falls down and up again (well done wire guys). I do like the plot of this film but there is a strong sense of deja vu, you’ve got a bit of Die Hard, Air Force One and little bit of Red Dawn. I think this aspect could be the films downfall; however I will probably go see this. Lastly after asking a few friends about the trailer most of them seem to really like and whilst I don’t see anything special this must appeal to a lot of people and I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts.

Olympus Has Fallen - Banner

Score: C+


When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger disaster.

Top 5 Scenes

5. Gerard Butler as John McClane with Bluetooth

Olympus Has Fallen - Gerard Butler as John McClane with Bluetooth

Here we see Gerard Butler doing his best John McClane impression in a scene straight out of Die Hard. The comparisons are ridiculously easy to see, he’s on his own, and he is actually a cop now, he is in contact with authorities whilst the enemy surround his position, nobody thinks he do it, he will win in the end. Now the only difference is that technology has changed and he is using a Bluetooth.

4. Aaron Eckhart Looks Like a Politician

Olympus Has Fallen - Aaron Eckhart Looks Like a Politician

He suits a politician so well it’s almost ridiculous he is an actor, I get confused thinking I am watching the news when he plays these parts. I don’t see many shots of him doing much but as the actual president I am assuming he will play the part a great deal.

3. I Love It When The Wire Guy Screw Up

Olympus Has Fallen - I Love It When The Wire Guy Screw Up

Watch the trailer again and keep an eye of the guy on the right, he’ll get pulled up then down and near the end up again. The fact that I spotted this is because I was looking for good stills but it still really makes me laugh because not only is the CGI effects bad but even the practical ones are as well.

2. Bad CGI Helicopters

Olympus Has Fallen - Bad CGI Helicopters

Whilst this is only one of the bad scenes showing a weak set of effects used in this film, it is a doozy of a scene. Whilst it was looking fun I cannot get over the straight to DVD visuals used in this film. We have the mini gun shots, some car scene, all explosions and rocket launchers are all bad.

1. Is This Our Korean Gruber?

Olympus Has Fallen - Is This a Korean Gruber

It’s the line he uses that puts me on this idea of a Korean Gruber because “Who said anything about negotiating?” is along the same lines as Hans Gruber’s line “Who said we were terrorists?”, and to be honest I can see the badies in this being North Korean operatives rather than terrorists, so if they are feeling in the mood they could add that line and piss me off royally.


 Olympus Has Fallen - Poster

Well that’s my views. Now what do you think about this newest trailer?


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18 responses to “Olympus Has Fallen (Trailer #1) Review”

  1. mauricem1972 says :

    Tim the idea is promising, but this trailer is weak. Butler needs to fire his agent, since he picks lousy roles.


  2. sanclementejedi says :

    Awesome! looks like Die Hard, meets Sum of All Fears meets The Raid but with more explosions 😉


  3. wordschat says :

    Looks like the want to blow up things real good. So much for the no fly zone over the White House. Haven’t seen the trailer in the cinema yet but I’ll likely see it anyway.


  4. Mr Rumsey says :

    I agree with you here, seems pretty unspectacular.
    It’s interesting to see that the film is using a plane to make the terrorist attacks on an iconic American building, I guess enough time has passed now…?


  5. The Focused Filmographer says :

    Yep, about sums it up for me! I sometimes wonder what some of the movie execs are thinking but perhaps they rushed this trailer since the release date is so soon and there hadn’t been any marketing for it yet. Not too impressed at this point and don’t expect to be in the future.

    thanks for reviewing this one, Tim! you rock!


  6. Sir Phobos says :

    That looks hilariously bad. I spotted the wire guy, which was great, so thanks for pointing that out. I guess this is like Morgan Freeman’s second term as president, but ehhhh….

    I only hope the actual movie is as funny as the trailer.


  7. atothewr says :

    Yawn. I think Gerard Butler has gambling debts. He’s getting to be as bad as Nicolas Cage.


  8. Issy R. says :

    It definitely doesn’t look like its going to be anything special but I’ll jus cause of Gerard Butler im glad he is back to an action flick.


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