After “Machine Gun Preacher,” “Playing For Keeps” and “Chasing Mavericks” (and we’ll just go ahead an presume the omnibus comedy “Movie 43” is going to tank hard this weekend) Gerard Butler is in desperate need of a hit. Why on Earth he signed on to the cheaper, ripoff version of Roland Emmerich and Channing Tatum‘s “White House Down” is a question best left to his agent we guess, but FilmDistrict and Millenium are making sure theirs gets into theaters first. But judging by the new trailer for “Olympus Has Fallen,” we’ll be just fine waiting a few more months.
Laughably serious, Butler stars as the (sort of) disgraced Secret Service agent Mike Banning, who finds himself caught in the middle of an invasion by the guys from “Red Dawn” (or something) and then does his best to “Die Hard” the situation. With wheezy, tired one liners all over the place, and some pretty boilerplate action beats, this isn’t too far away from feeling like a straight-to-DVD release. The only reason it seems like something slightly more is the presence of folks like I’ll-Star-In-Anything Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Ashely Judd….oh wait, why isn’t this straight-to-DVD again? (And yes, the timing of this trailer coming one day after the inauguration is either genius or tasteless. Maybe both…)
“Olympus Has Fallen” will bark commands on March 22nd. [via /Film]