Action movie packs a punch in theaters

Brian Cervantez, Washburn Review

Recently, I went to see the movie, “Olympus Has Fallen.” I did not know what to expect when I went to see it, but if you are looking for something with a lot of action, then this is the movie to watch.

This movie is intended for an older crowd and I wouldn’t recommended it for young children.

There is a lot of violence and strong language, but it is action packed and will take you on a wild ride. Even though there is a lot of action, the director, Antoine Fuqua, does put some light-hearted, funny moments into serious situations. These few scenes gave the movie a little more than just intense action.

The story follows Mike Banning, played by Gerard Butler, who is working on the president’s security detail, but after an incident on duty, he is taken off detail. I do not want to say more than this, because it might give the plot away.

The protagonist in the movie does not make it clear what they want, and the movie keeps you guessing. The plot line kept me on the edge of my seat and I was not bored during this movie because of all the suspense. It made my adrenaline pump a lot.

All the actors played well off of each other and even the actors that have small parts make the situations believable. Speaker Trumbull, played by Morgan Freeman, is put into high tension situations where he makes me feel like I’m right there making the decisions with him.

The lighting in this movie is made to fit the mood of the scene the characters are experiencing. For example, there is a scene with the characters Forbes, played by Dylan McDermott, and Banning, where Forbes is portrayed in shadow more than Banning. I believe that this was done to make me see the true side of these characters.

The different camera angles the director used were some of the best shots I’ve ever seen in a movie. They gave me an intense feeling when I was watching it because it felt like I was actually in the situation that was happening.

The music was the right type for each situation that the characters were in and is one of the reasons why my adrenaline was pumping so much.

“Olympus Has Fallen” is a movie I would recommend for anyone who enjoys action movies.

This is one that you will want to see more than once just to see if you missed anything or to simply just watch it again.