Trailers – Olympus Has Fallen


Never has a studio done such a thorough job of making their movie look like both joke of the year, and movie of the year.

I’m not sure if this is the greatest trailer I’ve ever seen, but if it’s not, it’s damn close.  What I am sure of is that I’ve never seen anything quite like it.  Never has a studio done such a thorough job of making their movie look, simultaneously, like joke of the year, and movie of the year.

The promotional poster’s depiction of a burning white House doesn’t get things off on the right foot – more of a “If you’re 12 and love Call of Duty you’ll like this,” foot.  The haunted secret service agent storyline adds a depth you couldn’t have predicted, however.  There’s hope.

But then it all goes wrong.

Gunship attack? Ground assault? Diplomatic ninja? Presidential kidnapping?! Lunacy. The kind of absurdity that makes Face/Off seem grounded in reality.

But when all is lost, on comes Morgan-Freaking-Freeman to save it.  Credit to whomever edited the trailer, by the way – perfect timing.  Just when hope is vanishing, BOOM, savior.  Did not see that coming, and Dolphin Tale aside, if Freeman’s involved it has to be legit, right?  Add in the director of Training Day, and Gerard Butler revising his role as Leonidis after a stint on the rom-com circuit, and maybe there’s enough to overcome the ridiculousness.

Verdict: Must see.  Not because it will be good, because I have to find out what it’s about.  Classic Rubik’s cube.  Three sides perfect, the other three screwed up beyond belief. I must find out how it all comes together. If the trailer is this entertaining, the movie has to be seen, right?

Author: Joseph White

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