This Rotten Week: Predicting Admission, Olympus Has Fallen And The Croods Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-03-17 11:45:00discussion comments
Olympus Has Fallen
Gerard Butler has been having a rough couple of years. Recently Chasing Mavericks (33%), Playing for Keeps (4%) and Machine Gun Preacher (29%) stunk up the big screen. Before those he threw in Coriolanus (94%) but that was just to wash off the stink of The Bounty Hunter (13%), Law Abiding Citizen (25%), Gamer (29%) and The Ugly Truth (13%). Thatís an average of 30% without even counting Movie 43 because half of Hollywood made that mistake. Now granted Tinsel Town is nothing if not forgiving (just ask Adam Sandler), but I tend to think Butlerís got to be nearing the end of his leash.

Letís look at the roles Butlerís proven he canít play: surfer, ex-soccer player, gun-toting clergy, bounty hunter, criminal, video game avatar, morning show host. That eliminates quite a few movie options. Roles he can play: Roman-style gladiator type. Thatís it. Whatís a guy to do? Save the President of course. Heís about to cross government agent off his inept acting resume. (Thatís going to only leave washed up actor roles-coming soon for sure).

Olympus Has Fallen, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Brooklynís Finest-42%, Shooter-48%), has Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent galavanting around the White House thwarting a terrorist plot hell bent on getting a full tour of the grounds (impossible right now, damn you Sequestration!). It looks like your standard action fare with explosions, shooting, bad guys and undoubtedly a twist in the final act. Nothing new or particularly interesting, though it doesnít look completely irredeemable-- which means it could be Butlerís finest work in years. Not saying much. The Rotten Watch for Olympus Has Fallen is 49%

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