Review’s In A Hurry:

 

Olympus Has Fallen
Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Dylan McDermott

Premise: The White House is taken over by a Korean military-trained terrorist group and the President is kidnapped for his nuclear launch codes. Banning a former friend and secret service security to the President finds himself the only man to breach the heavily secured White House in order to save the president. Can Banning forget past demons, save the family he spent years protecting and save the day? And can the president hang on long enough to prevent nuclear war?

My Review: I like crazy intense, disaster-y, terrorist-y, hostage-y situation movies. They just appeal to me. Even though the trailers looked completely ridiculous, I was still…curious, I guess would be the right word…or intrigued.

Mike Banning is actually a really good character. He has an interesting tragic backstory and he is completely sympathetic. He gets exciting action scenes and has the weight of the country resting on his shoulders. Unfortunately he was severely miscast. I’m not a fan of Gerard Butler, especially when he mixes sleezy “humor” roles, with tough guy action roles. The Banning character deserved an actor that has that “star quality”. However, I will say even though he wasn’t perfect for a role like this, Butler pulled it off. Mostly it was the action stuff which was a great combination of grittiness and gore. It kept me on the edge of my seat (even if some of the situations were completely ridiculous). The movie was at its best when it was unpredictable and overall, it was a bloody good time.  Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

G.I. Joe
Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Channing Tatum, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Byung-hun Lee, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Bruce Willis, Walton Goggins

My Review: Three lone G.I. Joes find themselves on the run when their group is eradicated by the very people they trusted and vowed to protect. These Joes are forced to trust a former enemy and a retired Joe in order to save the world from a villain who’s posing as the president and threatening nuclear war.

You know, putting these to movies side by side, they have very similar themes. I guess with the movement of the nuclear weapons on Korea, Hollywood is finding something new to write about. That being said, they could have put a little more thought into GI Joe. Though a great concept, it was also familiar. GI Joe Retaliation was a rehashing of Die Hard 4 and 5, and Fast and Furious 4-6 (Same cast and ALL!). This movie was helped by exciting action sequences and great tension building, but ultimately failed due to shoddy writing and editing. I mean what the hell was going on? I was so confused during this movie. It’s as if the director and editor needed to chop down this movie, but instead of removing pointless scenes (Flint’s attraction to Lady Jaye, if you don’t have follow thru, then it’s not important), they removed important ones that were essential to the plot line. This movie should have taken note from the age old lesson we learned in elementary school: If you’re going to copy off your neighbors work, at least do it better! Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

 

 

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