Critic reviews of

Olympus Has Fallen  (2013 - English)

Olympus Has Fallen cumulative rating: 2.85 out of 52.85/5 (60 users)

Olympus Has Fallen critics rating: 2.25 out of 5 2.25/5 (4 critics)

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It delivers plenty bang for your buck

The new Gerard Butler starrer 'Olympus Has Fallen' is such a faithful retread of the 'Die Hard' formula that you keep waiting for Bruce Willis to show up in a white vest and yell: "Yippee ki yay copycats!" 'Training Day' director Antoine Fuqua clearly recognises what made John McTiernan's 1988 original one of the most enduring actioners of all time, and he isn't shy of adapting that blueprint into a modern-day thriller. So yes there's a band of terroristsmore


The most recent Die Hard movie — which the record shows I reviewed a little more than a month ago, although I have no recollection of it — was terrible, but it turns out not to have been the worst Die Hard movie this year. That honour, for the moment at least (it’s only March!), belongs to Olympus Has Fallen, which is not, strictly speaking, part of the franchise at all. It is more a “school of Die Hard” production, in which a weary and batteredmore

Olympus... is satisfying if you get your thrills from action movies

President Benjamin Asher ( Aaron Eckhart) loses his wife Margaret (Ashley Judd) during a road accident one bitterly cold night. It's an ominous portent of things to come. Secret Service agent Mike Banning ( Gerard Butler), who was in the motorcade on the night of the accident, blames himself for not averting that tragedy. Asher transfers Banning to a desk job that's devoid of action and excitement because every time he sees him, Asher is remindedmore

Olympus Has Fallen is ambitious but banal

As America’s geo-political relationship with other countries changes, so does the nationality of the villain in Hollywood. In the somewhat ridiculous Olympus Has Fallen, a creepy terrorist from North Korea is on a bombing spree in Washington DC and has managed to hold none other than the President of the United States as hostage, while taking control of the White House -- the most protected building on earth. If we were stillmore