When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster.









Film information

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Release date: Mar 22, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
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Runtime: 120 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Although the film's real-world credibility is shaky, it works on its own terms. more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    It's that wonderful, totally unambitious yet satisfying thing, a really good movie. more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Bill Zwecker
    While Olympus Has Fallen breaks no major new ground in the political thriller genre, Fuqua has directed a sharp, very taut adventure that keeps you engrossed from start to finish. ...

  • 67 - by Jordan Hoffman
    The action is the real star here, and it’s all good enough. It isn’t great – the aerial special effects are distractingly cheap – but at least there’s lots of it on display. more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    Melissa Leo has some standout scenes as the secretary of defense, who gets pretty well beaten up for defying her captors, but others, such as Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman, have little to do but bite their lips and look tense from the confines of their command posts. more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    Any semblance of seriousness and verisimilitude suggested by the marketing campaign is quickly forgotten once director Antoine Fuqua's enjoyably tacky Die Hard-on-the-Potomac gets under way. more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine - by
    The film spends its first act establishing a flimsy emotional groundwork before gleefully taking a sledgehammer to it just seconds into act two. more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    Generates a fair amount of tension and produces the kind of nationalistic outrage that rock-ribbed Americans will feel in their guts. more

  • 60
    Village Voice - by Scott Foundas
    A Red Dawn for the Tea Party era, Olympus Has Fallen is pretty ridiculously entertaining—or at least entertainingly ridiculous—for long stretches, dulled only by the realization that there are many parts of the country where this will play as less than total farce. more

  • 50
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    Olympus Has Fallen at least possesses the frisson of timeliness amid otherwise hoary action-movie cliches. more

  • 50
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    This unapologetic B-movie at least keeps the action rolling, and the time goes by quickly. To put it another way, I’d rather see Gerard Butler stab a terrorist in the neck than flirt with Katherine Heigl. more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    This is for those who like their political thrillers far-fetched, far-reaching and filled with pretty people. more

  • 50
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    A North Korean terrorist may be responsible for taking the president hostage, but it’s Bulgarian-made CGI that does the most damage in Antoine Fuqua’s intense, ugly, White-House-under-siege actioner Olympus Has Fallen. more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    For all the bursts of blood, the gunplay and execution-style head-shots that punctuate scores of deaths, it’s hard to see Olympus Has Fallen (Secret Service code) as much more than another movie manifestation of a first-person shooter video game. more

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Tom Russo
    Butler serves the cause well, considering. Think that cause is a thankless one? Shhh, don’t tell Secret Service agent Channing Tatum or president Jamie Foxx, headed your way in June with, yes, “White House Down.” more

  • 50
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    The countdown-to-Armageddon structure generates almost no tension, but Olympus Has Fallen does have lots of squalidly bloody hand-to-hand action, all of which is so pulpy and standardthat the film actually makes you grateful for the presence of Gerard Butler, gnashing his teeth in the Bruce Willis role. more

  • 42
    The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
    The movie is so apolitical; there could have been a nice slant to the movie, about how both sides of the aisle could get together to kick out these Korean terrorists. Instead, it remains totally void. more

  • 40
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    Part of the weirdness of this film lies in the fact that the tense North Korean situation in the real world gives it no realism or satirical edge, or prophetic authority of any kind. more

  • 40
    The New Yorker - by David Denby
    The movie isn’t a desecration, but it’s action filmmaking, not America, that needs to be reborn. more

  • 40
    Arizona Republic - by Barbara VanDenburgh
    If you’re just going to rip off the action movies of yore, why not rip off more of the good stuff? ...

  • 30
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    Olympus Has Fallen is a disgusting piece of work, but it certainly hits its marks — it makes you sick with suspense. more

  • 30
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    Olympus Has Fallen is a disgusting piece of work, but it certainly hits its marks — it makes you sick with suspense. more

  • 25
    The A.V. Club - by Scott Tobias
    Nearly everything that happens in Olympus Has Fallen is ludicrous, yet because the fate of the president and the nation hangs in the balance, the crisis is treated with the gravitas of Paul Scofield at the West End. more

  • 20
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    It may be too much to ask for anything more, but, on the other hand, if you’re going to go to the trouble of pretending to blow up the White House, you might also want to pretend that something was at stake. ...

  • 10
    Los Angeles Times - by Robert Abele
    [Antoine Fuqua] gives in to terrible instincts here, flirting with overwrought patriotism, one too many laugh lines amid numerous characters being shot in the head, and a general chaos-inspired editing technique all too rampant in today's action cinema. more

  • 0
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    Olympus Has Fallen is no fun at all. To the contrary, it soon grows tedious, odious and oppressive. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. al_sab

    Good movie and I got lost a couple of times unable to tell the real from the unreal. However the translation is a bit off though

  2. arwen44

    wonderful movie. had me guessing from moment to moment what was going to happen next. A bit strange and hard to follow at first then you realize what’s going on and you get drawn into the story.

  3. anecha

    it’s a really great movie. Luchini is still a marvellous actor. it’s a 9/10

  4. nataliaz

    a great movie!!!

  5. Beetroot

    Intriguing and mischievous though perhaps a little too far removed. The first half of the film is captivating, momentum builds wonderfully with the promise of an interesting payoff. Umhauer is great as Claude, sweet and charming while masking a manipulative underbelly. However, as the film progresses the play between truth and fiction becomes confusing and the final third feels rushed and incomplete.