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Die hard in the White House. No kidding. And here I thought that's what Olympus Has Fallen (OHF) was! Nope. This is a direct copy - down to the being a cop, jokes, white widowmaker T-shirt, press are idiots and bumbling.

Was it good? Yes, I enjoyed it. Lots of explosions, lots of gun fights lots of wonton destruction. Was it the same as Olympus Has Fallen? ... Yes, actually it was, which is why I think it hasn't done as well.

To me - it seemed like the same 'idea factory' came up with some plot points and gave the same ideas to two different script writers.. who while they differed a little, basically had the same line. And here the directors were both 'and our script is totally different, I haven't seen that one'. Really? No, you were lying through your teeth!

1. There will be a daughter in danger
2. Original group will let in backups/more people
3. There will be hostages
4. There will be hiding around/crawling around hidden places.
5. Traitor will be closely tied to president (who the traitor was same in both movies, though WHD had 2nd traitor)
6. There will be rockets on the roof
7. The SEALS will fail - with three helicopters
8. The vice Pres is TOAST
9. Hero has communication with outside
10. Secretary of State is calling the shots
11. Bad guys want nuke codes (though different reasons).
12. Quirkey hacker

Really. Really?

I did enjoy both - but seeing them back to back? yea, so similar. The only difference - OHF was LOT more violent. It lived up to that R with pretty large amount of death - violent death as well as some intense torture, where as WHD went more for the shot-em-off-screen violence, lets explode lots of stuff.

Rating: 4 stars

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Date: 2013-07-26 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sgamadison.livejournal.com
Which did you enjoy the best though? I suspect I would prefer WHD, so I'm curious...

Hope you had a great birthday!

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Date: 2013-07-26 04:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] winter-elf.livejournal.com
I liked both actually. The difference was the tone.

OHF was very serious and intense with a hero who was special forces - and extremely competent, take no-names, get the job done sort. I liked that. I thought OHF was well written, but definitely serious - serious actions and serious consequences.

WHD had a lot more humor - especially with the hero being a bit on the bumbling side, not knowing where things were, running around and running into things, making wise cracks, basically doing the buddy cop thing with the president.

If you liked Die Hard - then you'd like WHD.

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Date: 2013-07-26 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sgamadison.livejournal.com
Die Hard was one of those movies I liked despite the level of violence. Of course, that was a long time ago, and movies have gotten more violent while my tolerance for that has grown too. Still, I'm torn. I saw trailers for both and then couldn't tell them apart so I no longer remember which one I wanted to see more! ;-)

Your icon is *brilliant* here. :-)

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Date: 2013-07-29 07:05 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] winter-elf.livejournal.com
well, yes, they are very similar. you can still play the trailers for both I believe online.

If you thought Die Hard was a little violent... then you'd be pretty put off by OHF. It's more violent (got that R rating after all), than WHD.

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Date: 2013-07-29 11:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sgamadison.livejournal.com
Good to know--thanks!

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