Monday, March 25, 2013

Critics Bristle at Patriotism in "Olympus Has Fallen"

The newly released “Olympus Has Fallen” is an action movie, which, like so many others that have come out of Hollywood in the past few years, is a mixed bag artistically. However, the film seems to have abnormally irritated a number of critics, not so much because of some of its inherent flaws, but rather because it includes a display of patriotism and additionally dares to contain a story line about a Western nation that is dealing with the real world challenges of terrorism.

Metropolitan movie critics have been known to sing the praises of less than stellar film fare and have routinely given a pass to explicitly violent R-rated cinema. Somehow, though, "Olympus Has Fallen" has managed to raise the ire of many of them, and the grousing on the street is about the love of country that is exhibited by several of the onscreen characters and what is frequently characterized as questionable interrogation techniques. [more...]

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