The hubs and I were rather bored last weekend and had nothing else to do, so we ventured out to a movie at Grand Avenue Theater in Belton. I had my choice of “Oz the Great and Powerful” with James Franco or “Olympus Has Fallen” with Gerard Butler.
I wasn’t excited about either but selected “Olympus” by default. I looked up reviews on both, and “Olympus” seemed to have fewer “thumbs down” ratings than “Oz.” Also, Butler appeals to me more than Franco so that sealed the deal.
“Olympus” is about a group of terrorists who take over the White House with the president, his staff and his young son inside. Butler plays a Secret Service agent who used to be on the presidential detail until an unfortunate tragedy forced him to take a desk job. He’s a pretty tough guy and ends up being the president’s — and the country’s — only hope for rescue from the terrorists.
I won’t say anything more about the plot, because anyone over the age of 12 can easily figure out where the movie is headed and how it will end. But I think these words adequately sum up “Olympus Has Fallen”: Predictable. Implausible. Bloody. Violent. Disturbing.
I admit that I don’t like gory, violent movies or TV shows. I just can’t stomach them. I’m a bit too realistic for my own good, because I consider the ramifications of every death I see on screen.
“He may be a zombie, but he’s also somebody’s son,” I think, and that leads me to consider my own children and all the “what ifs” that could happen to them in life.
I spent the first half of “Olympus” with my eyes closed, head turned away from the screen, occasionally peeking out from between my fingers. Many innocent people are killed in this movie, not just bad guys.
Some scenes reminded me too much of 9/11, which I thought was very insensitive and extremely disturbing. The best thing about “Olympus” was Butler. He was believable and cute as can be, as always, but that didn’t make up for the rest of the movie.
On the bright side, my husband was not bothered by the violence at all and highly enjoyed the movie. And you may, too, if you like that sort of thing.
“Olympus Has Fallen” is showing at Grand Avenue Theater in Belton and Cinemark Theater in Market Heights. The film is rated R.