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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen or White House Down: Which President-in-Peril Movie Will You Watch This Year?

Posted by on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Olympus Has Fallen is the first of two movies depicting the White House under siege to be released this year. (The other one is titled White House Down and it stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.) Here's the trailer for Olympus:

Even though they haven't yet released the trailer for White House Down, just watch this trailer over again and mentally stick Channing Tatum's head onto Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx's head onto Aaron Eckhart* and you have the basic idea. Which one appeals to you more?

* I have a feeling that The Dark Knight changed the trajectory of Aaron Eckhart's career forever. He's always going to be Mr. Tormented from now on, which is kind of a shame. He did smarmy so well in Thank You for Smoking, and nobody likes a tormented smarmy guy.


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Will in Seattle 1
I vote for Lord of the Rings: Return of the President.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM · Report this
You should have seen my July 1 2012 YouTube home video. The White House was under attack, and it had a kickass Tchaikovsky soundtrack.
Posted by Die Jealous, Jerry Bruckheimer! on January 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 3
Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Aaron Eckhart, and Channing Tatum...yet I don't see anybody taking their shirts off for long stretches of the movie.

I say waste of celluloid.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on January 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 4
Aaron Eckhart, naked please.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on January 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 5
Nothing can have worse lines Olympus Has Fallen. And I like movies with Jake Gyllenhall's sister, whatsername.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on January 22, 2013 at 5:21 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 6
Dang. I was just getting used to the idea of a black president, and now I have to imagine a white president again.

Too soon.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on January 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM · Report this
seatackled 7

But isn't it a relief to have a white president again and villains who are Muslimish and Asianish?
Posted by seatackled on January 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM · Report this
One dumb idea, two dumb movies, AND Air Force One sucked
Posted by SuperSteve on January 22, 2013 at 7:44 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 9
Olympus Has Fallen looks bad ass.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on January 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM · Report this
Pretty sure Stephen Segal already made this movie on a boat and Harrison Ford did it on a plane. Besides, and I hate to ruin things with history, the British already did this in the War of 1812. In fact the Executive Mansion was painted white to cover up the fire damage.
Posted by Zander on January 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM · Report this
Since Magic Mike I can't help liking Tatum Channing, er Channing Tatum, er...On second though fuck people with two last names.
Posted by chi_type on January 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM · Report this
LEE. 12

I didn't even notice that. god, that's worse than people with two first names.
Posted by LEE. on January 23, 2013 at 12:18 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 13
It all seems so formulaic, with a tossed salad of firepower, spectacular affects, dynamic love triangles that in the end is not very memorable in the long run.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM · Report this
Ok I hate Directors that take ideas from Authors who have movies in the works, This is doing a great disrespect to Vince Flynn.… This book came out way before these writers wrote one sentence, Gerard Butler was one being talked about to play Mitch Rapp, I will see neither of these films. Can you say RIPOFF.
Posted by BrokenArrow on February 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM · Report this

I think I will just stick to reading the books.....they provide a much more authenic expeience.
Posted by wildraven1 on February 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM · Report this
Fuck em both. Mitch Rapp RULES!!!
Posted by Brian332 on February 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM · Report this
I just saw Olympus Has Fallen. My questions: (1) How did the Korean traitors get those guns on the White House roof without anyone knowing it? (2) How did they figure out how to run our computers? (3) Where was the Secret Service way in advance of this event?

I'll bet the White House has already, in real time, thwarted worse attacks than this.

Posted by Randolph418 on March 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM · Report this

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