Because London Has Fallen (the sequel) is coming out on March 4th, I re-watched the DVD of Olympus Has Fallen. My opinion that it was a Five-Star film of pure entertainment held true. I saw this movie and White House is Down at the theater when both films came out in 2013.
Everyone has their favorite of the two films. Mine, of course, is Olympus Has Fallen, and I'll tell you why.
The first reason is Ashley Judd, who has a very short role in the beginning as the President's wife. She is so talented and beautiful in those first ten minutes that you literally fall in love with her yourself and understand why everything else follows. When she plays a short, supporting role, Ashley conveys a certain magic on screen that is utterly captivating
The second treason is Gerard Butler who somehow manages to steal every movie he's in. Butler is the perfect "every man". He's able to project humor, drama, and action without any effort. He's also the type of actor that most men would like to have as a friend, while the ladies find themselves attracted to him for other reasons. He certainly sold me on being a Secret Service agent, who just happened to be ex-Special Forces. The fight scenes are showcased with great aplomb and display Butler's hand-to-hand combat skills to the fullest extent. I almost expected Butler to say, "Yippy ki ya" to the main villain, who's played by Rick Yune
The third reason is the rest of the main cast with Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassatt, Morgan Freeman, Rick Yune, Raha Mitchell, and Robert Forster. They all bring their characters to the forefront of each scene, creating a realness to their roles and helping to move the film along.
The fourth reason is Antoine Fuqua, who directed the film. I haven't seen a movie of his that I haven't enjoyed like Training Day and Tears of the Sun to name a few. He makes the impossible happen, and you're immediately swept up into the urgency of the situation with a roller-coaster type ride until the final scene is viewed in all of its majestic glory.
This is not only a film worth seeing, but you will want to own it as well.
Now, if only London Has Fallen is half as good as this one, I'll be a happy camper.