It isn’t often I go see a movie “blind,” i.e. without checking the synopsis first. But this time was a spur of the moment to go see a movie and we chose “Olympus Has Fallen” without knowing anything about it, except that the word “Olympus” is code name for the White House.
We enjoyed the film immensely and I wasn’t planning on doing an article about it until after-the-fact I ran into a trailer of the film on YouTube and read the comments.
Some commenters had seen it, most had not but of course spewed remarks any how from only seeing a 2 minute trailer. I have to say 99% of the Americans who commented were obviously “low information voters” who missed the subtle point the film maker was trying to make, and the rest were foreigners calling the U.S. criminals for dropping bombs and killing people all over the world.
The subtle point, which I’m sure even most in the theater missed, is how easy it could be for terrorists to take over the White House and D.C. in light of the sequester and the cuts in defense spending. One small error in judgement by one person in the film started a series of events which led to a cascading effect and a major terrorism attack was happening. Below is a “what if” featurette from the film’s stars and the producer:
I was leary at first this could be a “leftie film” as Morgan Freeman plays a major role and Ashley Judd has a small fluff role in the beginning but it’s not. The film was shown at CPAC this year and Ricky Jones, former counter-terrorism expert for President GHWB consulted on the film and had this to say at CPAC:
“With the budget cuts that they’re taking in the military, with the budget cuts in intelligence, with us pushing Israel away, which is our greatest ally on intelligence from that continent, with the home-grown terrorists … with the people coming in here as students that are terrorists … the White House could be attacked at any time.”
If you see the film pay close attention to the response given by the traitorous Secret Service agent when asked by the president why he turned on him. I almost stood up and shouted “bravo!”
I highly recommend this film not only for its entertainment value but for an education on “what if.”
Of course there is a happy ending. The United States prevails as always, and the American flag is again raised over a battered White House.
The film is rated “R” for violence and a lot of the f-bomb, but if I was in that situation I’d probably be dropping a lot of f-bombs too.
Crossposted at Unified Patriots