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!
Olympus Has Fallen
During the War of 1812, British forces burnt the President's mansion to the ground, marking one of the few times in American history that the seat of executive power has been directly assaulted. From its ashes, the White House was built and there it has stood.
Every so often, two seemingly identical films from different studios and creative teams arrive at the exact same time, prompting mass confusion, hysteria and internet articles obsessively comparing the two of them
You can't imagine two films more different than 'The Croods' and 'Olympus Has Fallen,' but right now the two of them sit on top of the box office chart, both temporarily linked by the fact that a bunch of people apparently wanted to see them this weekend. It's the first time in forever that two films have opened to over $30 million at the same time...but it wasn't golden for all of the new releases.
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?
Gerard Butler plays an ex-Secret Service agent who is the rogue hero in the White House after a bunch of terrorists take the building hostage.
Cole Hauser, an actor with a name you may not know, but with a face that you would know, has signed on to co-star in a brand new action-thriller being set up at Nu Image/Millenium Films.