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Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action-thriller[5] film directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman.[6] The film was theatrically released on March 22, 2013.[7] The film grossed more than $98 million during its release to date.

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Former U.S. Army Ranger Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is the lead Secret Service agent assigned to head the Presidential Detail. He maintains a personal, friendly relationship with President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), First Lady Margaret Asher (Ashley Judd) and particularly their son Connor Asher (Finley Jacobsen). On a drive from Camp David, the car transporting the First Family crashes on a bridge; the lead vehicle in the convoy falls into an icy river from the bridge and three service agents drown. Banning saves President Asher, but Margaret, along with two other agents, dies in the crash. Eighteen months later, Banning works at the Treasury Department, within eyesight of the White House; he has been demoted from the Presidential Detail as he triggers Asher's memories of the night Margaret died. During a meeting between Asher and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Tae-Woo (Keong Sim), Korean-led guerrilla forces, aided by treasonous members of the Prime Minister Lee's own detail, which include Dave Forbes (Dylan McDermott), an ex-US Secret Service agent turned private contractor, mount an air and ground assault that results in the capture of the White House. The remaining Secret Service agents within the White House mount an unsuccessful counter attack but inflict casualties on the terrorists. Asher and several top officials are held hostage in the White House bunker, where Prime Minister Tae-Woo is killed. Before he is killed, Agent Roma (Cole Hauser) alerts head of Secret Service Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) that "Olympus has fallen."

The attack has been masterminded by Kang Yeonsak (Rick Yune), an ex-North Korean terrorist who appears to be motivated by hope for a reunification of Korea. Kang seeks to use Asher's hostage status as leverage to force the U.S. military to withdraw from the Korean Peninsula, allowing the civil war to end. He also seeks to destroy all of America's nuclear weapons in their silos and bring starvation to the United States as revenge for the death of his parents. To accomplish this, he requires the access codes to a system in the bunker called Cerberus: a fail-safe device that self-detonates any U.S. nuclear missiles during an abort, which are held by three top government officials within the bunker, including the President. Asher orders the other two officials to reveal their codes to save their lives, certain that he will not give up his code.

During the assault by Kang's forces on the front lawn, Banning joins the side of the White House's defenders. He falls back into the White House, disables the internal surveillance and gains access to Asher's satellite phone, which he uses to maintain contact with Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), the Speaker of the House who is now the Acting President. Authorized to proceed, Banning's first act is to save Connor, who Kang plans to use to force Asher to reveal his Cerberus code. Despite resistance, he finds Connor hiding in the walls, thanks to the training Banning had given him, and sneaks him out of the White House before beginning reconnaissance and reducing the terrorists' numbers one by one. This includes Forbes, but not before convincing the traitor to report to Kang that Banning is dead. Meanwhile, Trumbull orders an aerial SEAL assault on the White House, but Kang's team deploys an advanced anti-aircraft gun system in his possession owned by the United States, called the Hydra 6. Discovering this, Banning advises Trumbull and Army General Edward Clegg (Robert Forster) to abort the mission, but it proceeds and Kang's henchwoman Lim (Malana Lea) annihilates the assault force before Banning can stop it. Kang retaliates for the attempted infiltration by killing Vice President Charlie Rodriguez (Phil Austin).

After Banning disables Kang's communications, the terrorist tries to execute Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan (Melissa Leo) outside the front door in front of the media, but Banning rescues her and takes out several more of Kang's men in the process. With Kang's forces dwindling, he fakes his own death, as well as Asher's, by sacrificing several of his men and the remaining hostages. Kang, Asher, and the few remaining terrorists stay in the bunker, unknown to the outside world. Kang eventually cracks Asher's code and activates Cerberus as Banning realizes that his apparent suicide was faked. As Kang attempts to escape, Banning dispatches the remaining terrorists and kills Kang in a knife fight. He then ultimately disables Cerberus with the assistance of Trumbull. Banning and Asher escape the White House. After the events, Washington begins to heal from the attack, and Banning once again becomes head of the Presidential Detail, with Banning observing President Asher as he addresses the public.

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