Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Olympus Has Fallen is a remarkably violent but patriotic action thriller that's like Die Hard meets Air Force One, with way more blood. The body count is insanely high -- people are tortured, blown up, shot, and killed in hand-to-hand combat. Plus, a mom dies in a terrible car accident early in the film, and kids and animals are in peril. All of the violence is grisly and cringe-inducingly realistic -- you'll see severed limbs, cracked bones, televised assassinations, and blood splattering everywhere. On the other hand, there's no sex or romance except for a couple of marital kisses, and the language is strong ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole") but not relentless. The movie definitely bleeds red, white, and blue, but the intense violence is too much for young teens.
A kiss between the president and his wife at the beginning of the movie and one at the end between Mike and his wife.
Extreme, cringe-inducingly realistic action violence. The body count is enormous; people are blown up, shot, stabbed, and tortured in various ways (a knife held up to someone's throat, about to puncture it; a brutal kicking/beating to the head and body; threatening to kill another person if someone doesn't reveal a code; etc.). Viewers hear bones crunching and see blood spatter, spraying brain matter, and severed limbs as highly trained men kill each other. Washington, D.C., landmarks are destroyed, including the White House and the Washington Monument. The worst moments involve torture and assassination of public officials, including members of the president's Cabinet and basically every Secret Service agent and military official stationed at the White House. A female Cabinet member is beaten nearly to death. Children and animals are in peril (a dog is ultimately shot in the head); early in the movie, a mother dies in a terrible car accident. A boy is shown playing violent video games.
Strong language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," "ass," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.
There's a strong patriotic message, though it's wrapped in lots of violence. Sacrifice for your country is promoted, as is sacrifice for the life of innocents. One man is able to take on an entire small army of terrorists and -- with his strength, smarts, and dedication (and weapons) -- defeat the enemy.
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