Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus may have fallen.. but Gerard Butler’s standard sure as hell hasn’t!

Despite the fact the trailer oozed ‘typical, America’s in trouble again yet they’re somehow going to save the world yet AGAIN’.. The film was much more.

Gerard plays President Aaron Eckhart’s close friend and top agent, that is until devastation strikes, and Gerard is forced back into the police force. Years on, the President is in the middle of a meeting with the South Korean Prime Minister when an unknown airplane flies over the state of Washington firing missiles at the White House and the American crowds around. It is from here that a siege of the White House takes place, and who better to play the enemy wanting nothing more than to see America fall than North Korea!

Witnessing the mass attack from his office window, Gerard kicks back into secret agent mode in order to take on the terrorist villains and save the President, on top of the entire country.. which of course he does.

The film wasn’t made as long as other blockbuster hits of the same genre, yet keeps a constant gripping pace throughout, and has a surprisingly swift wrap up ending! (I expected a looooong, patriotic finish which would leave me wishing I was American). Not to mention Gerard Butler was superb as the tough, yet hilarious at times, ex-agent who kicks some serious North Korean butt during the film.

Not as most pessimistic viewers may expect: heartfelt moments mixed with some comedy on top of the heap of mind-blowing Sylvester Stallone style action really does make for a winning comedy. Gerard Butler climbing out of his usual romantic comedy safety net was a fantastic idea, and Olympus Has Fallen was an epicly brilliant film that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Personal Rating: 9/10

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The Place Beyond The Pines

I’d been looking forward to seeing this from the very second I heard of a film with both Ryan Gosling AND Bradley Cooper starring.. But I must say, I was a little disappointed.

I am a major Ryan fan, which is probably why I enjoyed the half he was actually in. Yes, you know what that means. He plays the bad boy low life who finds out his one-time fling has had his child, and gets the urge to do more with his life in order to provide for on-screen/off-screen girlfriend Eva Mendes. This involves using his motorcycle riding ‘skills’ in order to rob banks (odd link I know), which is when police officer Bradley enters the scene.

It was from there that I personally felt the film plummeted, as the built up story of a bank robber developed into a dark story of dirty cops and family vengeance, one that went on for far too long. The first 40 minutes = excellent, the next 30 = dropping, the next 20 = getting good again, ending = could have ended 20 minutes ago!

That aside, all three stars were brilliant, Gosling excelling as per! The characters connected well, the story was believable, and at times it gripped me well. The Place Beyond The Pines was sadly one of Ryan’s last films before he heads down a different path of directing.. But I now know he suits every hair colour as well as every type of man, bad boy looks good on this fabulous actor.

Personal Rating: 7/10

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