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|Originaltitel:||Olympus has fallen|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 119 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) was once one of the closest confidants of US President Asher (Aaron Eckhart). But after a tragic accident Mike fell out of favour and was banished to desk duty in the Ministry of Finance. Day after day he sees from here his former workplace, the White House, which reminds him again and again of his failure in this one night 18 months ago. Mike's marriage to the nurse Leah (Radha Mitchell) also suffers from this, as she hardly seems to be able to be saved. But all these problems recede into the background when the White House is attacked by a heavily armed command of North Korean extremists. Nearly all security agents are killed and the president and his advisors are held hostage in the bunker. Mike manages to access the White House in chaos. Now it's up to him alone to get the terrorists to flee and save the president from certain death…
With "Olympus has fallen" director Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") has staged a very classic action film in the best 80s style, which has become exactly the film that should have been "Die Hard 5". Gerard Butlers Mike Banning does not have the very special coolness of the early John McClane. Nevertheless, Fuquas Kracher is much closer in style and entertainment value to John McTiernan's classic of 1988, when John Moore's fifth infusion was the "Die Hard" series. Fuqua makes use of innumerable clichés and seems to quote other genre contributions rather than providing its own note and fresh wind. But despite the one-dimensionally drawn characters and a very simple dramaturgy, the movie succeeds in entertaining the audience for almost two hours.
The only thing stimulated is not the intellect, but the entertainment center of the brain. It doesn't matter if it's a real crash in Washington and some famous landmarks are laid to waste in a spectacular way, or if Mike Banning is engaged in tough duels with the terrorists, the excellently staged action makes missing originality and other weaknesses quickly forgotten. It's also helpful that with Rick Yune ("James Bond - Die another day", "The Fast and the Furious") a good villian has been found, who is also extremely clichéd, but nevertheless radiates a credible threat. In any case, Fuqua has engaged a remarkable cast of supporting actors such as Morgan Freeman, Oscar-winner Melissa Leo or Aaron Eckhart ("The Dark Knight"), who actively and effectively support Gerard Butler in playing against the rather thin script.
"Olympus has fallen - The world in danger" is neither particularly intelligent nor really original. Yet, Antoine Fuqua proves very convincingly that it's possible to stage even very simple knitted action in a high-quality way. And it is not only Roland Emmerich who will have to compete with his very similarly knitted "White House Down" in the summer. Those who were bitterly disappointed by the last "Die Hard" movie and finally want to see a good action movie of the old school can warmly recommend "Olympus has fallen". Not new, but also not a second boring - and therefore absolutely worth seeing!
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