Olympus Has Fallen Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Olympus Has Fallen

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong action violence.

  • The pitch:

    The world needs saving again.

  • Starring:

    Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Finley Jacobsen, Radha Mitchell, Ashley Judd

  • Directed by:

    Antoine Fuqua

  • Running time:

    120 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Boxing training. Video-game shooting. Vehicle collisions; car falls over railing. Wife/mother killed in front of husband/son. Television news reports show Korean military (soldiers, tanks, weapons), embassy attacks. Aircraft get shot down/crash into houses; mayday calls heard. People get shot, punched, kicked, slapped, hit, beaten, pistol-whipped, stabbed, cut, threatened, tortured, hooded, strangled, tied up, held hostage. Lots of gunfire at short, long, mid, close and point-blank ranges using handguns, machine guns, submachine guns and rifles. RPG rockets, missiles, decoy flares and grenade launchers fired. Low-flying aircraft fire upon civilians, military, vehicles. Important Washington monuments are destroyed. Building debris rains down upon sightseers (reminiscent of 9-11). Bus explosion (reminiscent of 7/7). Suicide bombers. Dog attack; dog shot. Men in balaclavas. Screaming, arguing. Civil war, starving population, mother killed by landmine (mentioned). A child's welfare is threatened. Assassination. Things get smashed. Blood/gore: Plenty of blood splatter, bloody bullet wounds, bloody clothing, bloody faces/scratches/throat/hands. Blood on walls, floor. Corpses, wounded people with extreme injuries. Bruising. Syringe.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Gambling (poker is mentioned). Smoking. Needle is seen. Morphine (mentioned).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonsofab*tch, slang for male genitalia. Cultural stereotypes, name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Homeland security, invasion, White House attack, secret service, family, nuclear warfare, DMZ tension, international relations, grief, loss, terrorism, suicide bombing, extremist violence, protocol, launch codes, betrayal, traitors, DEFCON 4, assassination, execution, organised attack, state of emergency, troop withdrawal, patriotism, kidnapping, hostage crisis.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Korean language. Hospital setting. Underground bunker setting. Explosions. Animal cruelty. Desecrated flag (USA). Power blackout.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Eye-popping special effects. Satisfying action thriller. Good cast, believable performances.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Ordinary script. Predictable, far-fetched, formulaic. Ultra-violent and loud.

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