First, there was the superhero craze, then the fixation on undead creatures (especially those caught up in teenage angst) and now it seems that the latest Hollywood trend is on White House attacks. Olympus Has Fallen is the first one out of the gate and, thanks to a bevy of heavy-hitters, it appears ready to have a deep and serious impact.
Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) leads the charge with Secret Service/former Special Forces Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) as the tip of the spear intent on saving the kidnapped President (Aaron Eckhart) with Speaker of the House Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and Secret Service Director Jacobs (Angela Bassett) holding steady for the watching and fearful nation. Olympus might have fallen, but with this crew, it will likely rise again. Now in theaters. (R) Not screened in time for review