For as long as I can remember, America has played that 6th grade bully everyone is petrified of. The one who orders all the elementary schoolers around; poking at them, pushing them around, taking their lunch money without so much as a “please” or “thank you.”
Suppose the tables turn. Imagine that our White House ––most protected building in the world–– is seized by an elite guerrilla attack group; members of a foreign nation that suffered years of political upheaval, famine and death. Just imagine.
Picture all White House affiliates and the surrounding population being completely wiped out in a mass murder during some bizarre terrorist attack, leaving only the President and a few other supporting members to be tortured and held for ransom.
What if America was REALLY attacked by some entity, so desperate for revenge that our United States of America is left utterly destitute at the hands of an angry man who finally confiscated the bureau’s nuclear codes?
In Olympus has Fallen, we never to get to find out. But we sure as heck get a glimpse of the devil when Kang (Rick Yune) attempts to open the gates of Hell. In a surreal venture to turn America into a third world country, Kang and his well-trained minions take over the White House, during what is supposed to be a civil meeting between Korea’s Prime Minister and President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart).
Amid explosives, in-air battles, blown up land and gruesome killings, Olympus has Fallen offers a glimpse of what civilians in other less fortunate nations probably wake up to everyday.
And since both the President and Vice President are unavailable, the black guy (go figure) is left as acting president during this unforeseen chaos. The White House’s Speaker Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) plays chief as the Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs (Angela Bassett) assists during the process of saving the President, who’s held hostage in the bunker, a secret White House locale.
The protagonist and hero in this epic tale comes by way of the President’s right wing man, Secret Service member Mike Banning (Gerard Butler). Having been formerly removed from the squad, Banning returns with an unwavering conviction to move mountains, as he plays the eyes and ears for Speaker and the American troops.
Olympus has Fallen is in select theaters now.