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Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen

2013 (Antoine Fuqua) 14A, 120 minutes

Gerard Butler; Morgan Freeman; Aaron Eckhart

"Olympus Has Fallen" is about as satisfying an action thriller as can be hoped for, with an irresistible premise and nothing but follow-through all the way to the finish. It's too derivative to be a classic - practically an uncredited remake of "Die Hard" - but such a work of craftsmanship as to command respect, at times even awe. It's that wonderful, totally unambitious yet satisfying thing, a really good movie.

The film has the sheen of a first-rate production. Director Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") turns the whole invasion scene into an extended, wrenching sequence. The enemy plane flying low over Washington, blasting pedestrians with machine-gun fire, announces the movie's terms - it will pull no punches, and it's going to be bloody. 

Mick LaSalle-San Francisco Gate

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