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Why I Drink, 'Olympus Has Fallen' Sequel Edition

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 11, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 11, 2015 |

Two years ago, we got Olympus Has Fallen, which was a terrible as a film, but pretty good for about half its run time with vicious gunfights that seemed more like good old fashioned mid-nineties R-rated instead of the mundane PG-13 affairs that are today’s standard. I compared it to a hamburger if you’d like to revisit the rolling spring of 2013.

But you know what Olympus Has Fallen really didn’t need? A sequel.

I mean sure, it made $170 million worldwide on a $70 million budget, but surely that can’t be successful enough to hint at the start of a tent pole, can it? But I guess when you’ve got the 617th highest box office in history, you can afford to play by your own rules.

Also, you’d think that after the first time terrorists seized the White House, they’d have to think of something different. Bruce Willis didn’t have to save another building in Die Hard 2 after all, he had to save an entire airport.

Let’s go to the obligatory plot summary for answers:

The sequel to the worldwide smash hit “Olympus Has Fallen,” a non-stop, suspenseful action thriller that delivers high-octane excitement through a heightened sense of authenticity. The visceral intensity springs from a timely premise: after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States.

That’s right, London Has Fallen.

I will blow up the theater when someone inevitably chants “London Bridge is falling down” in the movie.

Here’s the poster.


Fun trivia that I’m making up but is probably accurate: 40% of Americans think that building is the British capital and the remainder think it is the London Bridge.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.