Look I’m just going to say it: Someone in the Secret Service should be fired. I know the whole point of the Has Fallen series is how Gerard Butler’s Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is a hero who protects Aaron Eckhart’s President from terrorists around the globe. But shouldn’t the Secret Service protect the President so he doesn’t get into these kinds of scraps? Mistakes happen, and I’m willing to allow this sort of thing to happen once. But twice? At a certain point we have to take a long hard look at our security apparatus.
Olympus Has Fallen was definitely — and surprisingly — the better of the two big White House action movies released in 2013 (the other being White House Down, of course). The film certainly has its fans, and those fans will be bummed to learn that the upcoming sequel, London Has Fallen, has been delayed to 2016.
Quick question: what were you doing last night? Were you on 'Chelsea Lately' to celebrate Chelsea Handler's final show? No? Are you sure? Because everyone was there.
As we reported last year, there's a sequel on the way to 'Olympus Has Fallen,' and in 'London Has Fallen,' the action will move from D.C. to -- wait for it -- London. Now the brand new film has a brand new director (but the same old cast) to help dismantle all that glorious old London architecture. If they don't use a chopped and screwed version of "London Bridge Is Falling Down," why do we even make movies anymore?
Just last week we reported that the 'Point Break' remake suffered a blow, losing leading man Gerard Butler just weeks before the film was scheduled to begin shooting. But the production team hasn't wasted any time finding his replacement: Edgar Ramirez, star of the upcoming horror flick 'Deliver Us From Evil' (which just dropped a new spooky trailer today) will take Butler's place.
Bad news for 'Point Break': the upcoming remake of Kathryn Bigelow's cult classic will have to hit the waves without Gerard Butler, as the actor has officially dropped out of the project. It's not great news for the production team, but maybe it's good news for Butler, as this might be the best decision he's made in a while.
As we previously reported, 20th Century Fox has plans in the works to remake 'Point Break,' the classic undercover-agent movie that starred Keanu Reeves as he worked to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers/surfers led by Patrick Swayze. But who is the right fit to assume one of these roles, you ask? The answer, according to the studio, is 'Olympus Has Fallen' action star Gerard Butler.
In this year's bizarre battle of the White House-set invasion action movies, 'Olympus Has Fallen' was the surprise box office champion, handily outgrossing the far glossier 'White House Down.' And you know what that means: it's time for 'Olympus Has Fallen 2.' But where do you go when your first film already destroyed the home of the President of the United States? You go wreck London, of course!
In the weeks and months after 9/11, it was reported that the United States military was recruiting Hollywood screenwriters to help predict potential follow-up attacks. The new thriller 'Olympus Has Fallen' plays like the craziest, silliest entry from that post-9/11 doomsday scenario slush file -- a passionately loony blend of 'Die Hard' cliches and feverish right wing paranoia. If only the execution of this White House home invasion fantasy was half as entertaining as its conception.
'Olympus Has Fallen' is in the bizarre position of being the first of two "terrorists take over the White House" movies coming out in 2013. We'll have to wait until 'White House Down' arrives in June before we can make any immediate comparisons, but right now, we feel like the one starring Channing Tatum will be better worth our time than the one starring Gerard Butler. Can a new featurette change our minds?