Olympus Has Fallen was one of my favourite action movies of the past few years; it was a massively entertaining throwback to the Die Hard-style actioners of yore with plenty of hard R violence thrown in for good measure.
Gerard Butler made for a convincing badass and had some decent one liners too.
He was joined by Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman who are returning for the upcoming sequel London Has Fallen.
The official synopsis is as follows: The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
Reprising their roles in support are Academy Award® nominee Robert Forster as General Edward Clegg, Sean O’Bryan as NSA Deputy Director Ray Monroe, and Radha Mitchell as Leah Banning. Joining the returning cast members are Academy Award® nominee Jackie Earle Haley, Alon Aboutboul (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Charlotte Riley, and Waleed Zuaiter (from the Academy Award® nominated film “Omar”).
The first teaser trailer was released a while back and personally I thought it looked awesome, however there have been quite a few behind the sense issues including different directors coming on board and the release date being changed on multiple occasions. This is rarely a good sign for a movie and makes me worry that the studio has little faith in it.
Olympus made $161,025,640 worldwide on a $70 million budget which is a fairly decent haul but not amazing. I think the “God Bless America” moments towards the end were a bit of a turn off for international audiences so let’s hope they remove that for the sequel.
There was also a little controversy around the timing of the teaser trailer which coincided with the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London terrorist attacks so this may hurt the box office too.
On the plus side, it looks like there is plenty of action and it’s great to see the whole cast returning, which is a nice piece of continuity.
With a release date in March you’d think that were wouldn’t be much competition however there is a little film called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and another Divergent film coming out within a matter of weeks but it looks like it might get a solid 2 week head start at the box office.
So will it be a hit or a miss? I think it will be a midsize hit probably making the same box office as the first so I reckon about $200 million worldwide. I hope it’s more successful though and keeps the R rating as more adult oriented action movies are always a good thing.