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Olympus Has Fallen

Gail Choice | 3/20/2013, 5 p.m.

Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett star in a roller-coaster ride of a movie--"Olympus Has Fallen"--in theaters Friday. Olympus is a code name for the White House, and it looks as if terrorists have managed to kidnap the president and take over the White House. Just saying it is such an understatement. When you see the movie, you'll understand why I'm writing this, because the takeover is mind-blowing. Of course, it would have to be, we're talking the White House.

Morgan Freeman stars as Cong. Allan Trumbull, and this is his finest hour. As the seasoned speaker of the house, he goes into action, leaving no stone unturned. He has no problem assuming command when the president is taken hostage. He will unflinchingly make even the most difficult decisions when it comes to protecting the country. Freeman simply brings it.

Angela Bassett stars as Lynne Jacobs, the director of the Secret Service. Yes, I said director of the Secret Service. After terrorists take control of the White House, she's front and center and a vital part of the security team working feverishly to save the president and her country during the crisis.

"Olympus Has Fallen" has an all-star cast that understands how to deliver. Director Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") is one of the foremost industry talents of his generation. In his debut film, "The Replacement Killers," Fuqua introduced Chow Yun Fat to American audiences. When he helmed the highly successful police drama "Training Day," it cemented Fuqua's place as a talented director of films that resonate thematically and personally with audiences around the world. Simply put, Fuqua is not afraid to take on action, and "Olympus Has Fallen" is pure action.

Fuqua pulls an outstanding performance out of Gerard Butler, whose character is seeking redemption. Butler stars a Mike Banning, a disgraced Secret Service agent who after a tragic accident resulting in the death of the president's wife finds himself assigned to desk duty. When the White House is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the president is kidnapped, Banning finds himself trapped within the building and uses intricate knowledge of the White House to rescue the president and avert an even bigger crisis.|

The remaining outstanding cast of characters in this film--Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune deliver riveting performances that only heighten the tension.

Eckhart stars as the president, Benjamin Asher. In the history of America no president has ever been kidnapped, so President Asher is making history with every move he makes. Still mourning the loss of his wife played by Ashley Judd, he's presented as a strong, unyielding president who manages to keep it together. But he does have one weakness that could be his undoing--his deep love for his young son is unflinching and the enemy knows it.

McDermott stars as Agent Forbes, a former colleague of Banning, he was present on the tragic night of the first lady's death. Forbes has since retired from the Secret Service, and now works private security for South Korean Foreign Minister Lee. As such, he has a front-row seat to the events that unfold in the White House, and there is more to his story yet to unfold.

If you want to get excited about the movie before it hits the big screen, check out the movie's official website http://olympusmovie.com It's fun and puts you right in the heart of the movie. It even gives you an opportunity to assist in taking out the bad guys.

"Olympus Has Fallen"--in theaters Friday.