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We review Olympus Has Fallen – Amazon Streaming. Highly Recomened – MR

Olympus Has Fallen

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Olympus Has Fallen
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Produced by Gerard Butler Alan Siegel Mark Gill
Written by Creighton Rothenberger Katrin Benedikt
Starring Gerard Butler Aaron Eckhart Morgan Freeman Angela Bassett Robert Forster Cole Hauser Finley Jacobsen Ashley Judd Melissa Leo Dylan McDermott Radha Mitchell Rick Yune
Music by Trevor Morris
Cinematography Conrad W. Hall
Editing by John Refoua
Studio Millennium Films
Distributed by FilmDistrict
Release date(s)
  • March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20) (France[1])
  • March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22) (United States)
Running time 120 minutes[2][3]
Country United States
Language English Korean
Budget $70 million[4]
Box office $161,025,640[4]

Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American actionthriller[5] film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman.[6] The film depicts a North Korean-led guerrilla assault on the White House, and focuses on a Secret Service agent who tries to stop them. Olympus Has Fallen was released on March 22, 2013 by FilmDistrict and received mixed critical reception but earned over $160 million against a $70 million production budget.

Plot

Former U.S. Army Ranger Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is the lead Secret Service agent assigned to head the Presidential Detail. He maintains a personal, friendly relationship with President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), First Lady Margaret Asher (Ashley Judd) and particularly their son Connor Asher (Finley Jacobsen). During a Christmas evening drive from Camp David to a campaign fundraiser, a tree falls in front of the President’s convoy, making the vehicles skid out of control on black ice on a bridge. The lead vehicle and the Presidential limousine fall into the icy river below. Banning is able to save President Asher, but Margaret and two other agents die in the crash.

Eighteen months later, Banning works at the Treasury Department, within eyesight of the White House. He has been demoted from the Presidential Detail as the sight of him triggers Asher’s memories of the night Margaret died. During a meeting between Asher and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Tae-Woo (Keong Sim), Korean-led guerrilla forces, aided by treasonous members of Prime Minister Lee’s own detail, which include Dave Forbes (Dylan McDermott), an ex-US Secret Service agent turned private contractor, mount an air and ground assault that results in the capture of the White House. Asher and several top officials are held hostage in the White House bunker where Prime Minister Lee is killed. Before he is killed, Agent Roma (Cole Hauser) alerts the Director of the Secret Service Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) that “Olympus has fallen.”

Our Thoughts:

The only reason I didn’t give this movie 5 stars is because it was just like the original Die Hard, save for the location and the actors. A lone badass in a building, against a mob of terrorists, is still the same plot. Sort of like Rambo in the forest with a bunch of hick locals. These gripes are also major compliments, as those movies defined my taste. Gerard Butler is great, as are Freeman and the others. This is a top notch action thriller. Highly Recommended – MR

 

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We review “2 Guns” – Great acting carries a comic book plot that has more twists than a roller coaster! – MR

2 Guns

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2 Guns
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Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Produced by Marc Platt Norton Herrick Randall Emmett George Furla Ross Richie Andrew Cosby
Screenplay by Blake Masters
Based on 2 Guns  by Steven Grant
Starring Denzel Washington Mark Wahlberg Paula Patton Bill Paxton Fred Ward James Marsden Edward James Olmos
Music by Clinton Shorter
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Editing by Michael Tronick
Studio Emmett/Furla Films Marc Platt Productions Boom! Studios
Distributed by Universal Pictures (US) Entertainment One (Canada/UK) Foresight Unlimited (International)[1] TriStar Pictures (worldwide) (worldwide (expect UK))
Release date(s)
  • August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02)
Running time 109 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $61 million[3]
Box office $30,053,880[3]

2 Guns (stylized as 2GUNS) is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.[4] Based on a graphic novel series of the same name published by Boom! Studios, the film was released on August 2, 2013.[5]

Plot

Criminals Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) are arrested by U.S. Customs after a meeting with drug lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos) in Mexico. Unbeknownst to Stigman, Trench is an undercover DEA agent and reports to his superior, Jessup (Robert John Burke), that he failed to acquire cocaine from Greco that they could use as evidence to convict him. Against Jessup’s orders, Trench decides to remain undercover and assist Stigman in robbing $3 million from Greco, so they can prosecute Greco for money laundering. Trench later meets with his lover, Deb Rees (Paula Patton), who is involved with another man as well, while Stigman, an undercover Naval Intelligence Officer, meets with his commanding officer, Harold Quince (James Marsden), who instructs Stigman to kill Trench so the Navy can use the stolen money to fund covert operations.

Trench and Stigman are surprised to find $43 million (rather than $3 million) in the vault. After the heist, Stigman follows orders to betray Trench and escapes with the money, although he lets Trench live. Upon learning of this, Quince attempts to have Stigman killed, but Stigman escapes after learning the money will be transferred to a Navy base in Corpus Christi. Meanwhile, Earl (Bill Paxton) aggressively interrogates the bank manager about the money Trench and Stigman stole from him.

Trench visits Jessup to tell him what happened, but Earl and his men are there waiting for him. Earl frames Trench for Jessup’s murder and lets him go, making a deal that if Trench returns the $43 million he will be cleared. Trench goes to Stigman’s apartment to find out where he took the money, only to have Stigman contact him from a sniper’s post across the street. After escaping a hit squad send by Quince, Trench and Stigman kidnap Greco and interrogate him in the garage at Deb’s house, where they find out Earl, Greco’s associate, is a black ops operative, and they’ve stolen money from the CIA.

 

Cast

Production

The film is an adaption of the comic series of the same name by Steven Grant.[6]

Filming took place in New Orleans, Louisiana and areas throughout New Mexico.[7] 2 Guns marked the 2nd collaboration for Wahlberg and Kormákur: they first worked together on the film Contraband.

 

Our Thoughts:

2 Guns was a fun movie that I am certain to watch again.  It is a gritty CIA/DEA/Mil-Intel/Crime Thriller based around bank robbery money, drugs, and a Mexican drug lord.  While I find it silly that men can get shot in one scene and fight and stuff in the next, this was based on a comic book story, which I am sure had “superhero-ish” characters.  The comic aspect does not come through in the movie though, which was good. I recommend this one to ALL cop and military action/thriller fans. Great acting carries a “comic book” plot that has more twists than a roller coaster! 4 stars – MR

 

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