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Reviews: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

olympus_has_fallenReviews for this film from our members:

  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: It’s violent, not so intelligent, and ultimately not something that will really stay with you. But there’s definitely room for that kind of cinema so long as it manages to engage as this does.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: If you go in with an extremely specific set of expectations about what you want from an R-rated thriller released in March, it is likely to leave you satisfied.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: there’s a certain comfort knowing that at least what a run-of-the-mill Hollywood screenwriter could come up with wouldn’t work in the real world
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: when an obvious Secret Service baddie shows up to nervously have a smoke with Banning (as Hans Gruber did with John McLean), it’s hard not to burst out laughing at the sheer chutzpah of the lift.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: The money spent on this A (or at least B+) level ensemble could have been used to improve the shoddy effects, the element most likely to put butts in seats for this kind of film.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Incluso dejando de lado que “Objetivo: La Casa Blanca” es una copia clarísima (y mediocre) de “Jungla de cristal”, esta película vale muy poco porque es un sinsentido.
  • [New – 12/13/13] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Co-writer Creighton Rothenberger did win the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship in 2002. Not for this.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Yes, Olympus Has Fallen is undeniably silly, but it’s also an efficient, briskly paced thriller with strong sense of momentum.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Think of this solidly tense, suspenseful thriller as ‘Die Hard in the White House.’
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: the best action flicks in years, Olympus couldn’t be any more timely. Who would have guessed that as things heat up with Pyongyang, Hollywood would step up with such an effective piece of anti-North Korean propaganda?
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: A movie that drudges up the painful feelings associated with 9/11 just to make its routine, by-the-numbers action seem more relevant than it really is? Thanks, but no thanks.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Olympus Has Fallen is like the producers threw “Die Hard” into a blender with “Under Siege,” hit puree, and projected the resultant lumpy goo onto a movie screen.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Die Hard in the White House…
  • Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies
    • Excerpt: Welcome to Olympus Has Fallen…or as the general movie-going audience may refer to it as Die Hard in the White House! Clearly another over-indulgent and action-packed political thriller with a big name cast and a thirst for blood and bravado.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: This Die Hard knockoff that is too silly to be taken seriously, but too serious-minded to be any fun.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: It all comes down, as we know it must, to a ticking digital clock that will blow the world to smithereens when it reaches 000. The Critic’s Code of Honor prohibits me from revealing whether it does or not.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: It is entertaining and it gets the job done.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Olympus Has Fallen transcends most other action movies in that it has heart, it just loses the balance between character and mind-numbing explosions about mid-way through.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Dumb, slick, shallow and cartoonish, a piece of jingoistic claptrap that merely panders to patriotic emotion.
  • George Zervopoulos @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:32 am

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