Tuesday, June 9, 2015
"Olympus has Fallen" (2013)
Now, having seen both, I can safely say about “Olympus has Fallen” that it is decidedly the lesser of the two. It is not really more serious, but it does take itself more seriously. It doesn’t have a silly moment. It is earnest to a fault. And, watching it I came to the realization that this is satire. I suspect it is unintentional though, because it isn’t fun. This film is full of overwrought, melodramatic moments.
The worst bits come from the “heroism” of the president. In “White House Down” Jamie Fox becomes the stereotypical action man. It is stupid, but fun. In “Olympus” Aaron Erkhart makes stupid decision after stupid decision. For instance, he repeatedly orders his subordinates to help the terrorists to avoid pain and death. In actuality, their deaths would end the threat. They would die heroes for their country. Ekhart’s character instead seeks to shoulder all the threat himself. In the end, that is what nearly helps the bad guys succeed.
I laughed out loud during both movies. But with “Olympus has Fallen” I was laughing AT the movie.