Want an explosive movie? Well, the Butler did it

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Move over, Bruce. Gerard has taken over the Die Hard franchise and moved into The White House.

Move over, Bruce. Gerard has taken over the Die Hard franchise and moved into The White House.

This is 24-country, high-pressure excitement, impossible odds, explosions every five minutes, torture, treachery and a plot you will pick to pieces afterwards.

It comes with a triple V rating – violence, violence, violence.

The timing is perfect.

Just when the fat kid with the silly haircut is threatening the world with nuclear meltdown, Olympus Has Fallen opens.

The baddies who capture the US President (Aaron Erkhart) and half his cabinet are – you’ve guessed it – North Korean.

Gerard Butler plays a member of the first family’s security team who takes on the terrorists single-handed.

Morgan Freeman displays his well-pressed dignity as Speaker of the House who assumes leadership while Number One is tied up.

Thank God it’s not in 3D. The action shouts for itself.

Production values are high.

The quality of mercy has been replaced by the splatter of blood across a painting of Abe Lincoln outside the Oval Office. No quarter is given on either side. Body count? In the hundreds. Entertainment value? Depends upon your definition of “in harm’s way”.

Paisley-born Butler has earned his spurs after wading through rom-coms (P.S. I Love You) and coming out on to the battlefield (Coriolanus) with confidence and authority.

This is his Waterloo. He does not flinch.