History Film / OlympusHasFallen

22nd Jul '16 12:25:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Kang. Also his {{Mooks}}, who [[DoubleTap headshots]] every downed Secret Service agent just to make sure they're dead. Kang has also extensively studied the history of the White House and knows pretty much all of its publicly available secrets, such as the secret tunnels created when the White House was rebuilt during Truman's administration.
13th Jun '16 1:17:39 PM jtgibson
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* EasilyConqueredWorld: While not as heavily fortified as NORAD and somewhat limited by its front lawn being visible from the street of a large city, the White House is otherwise the most heavily guarded facility on the face of the globe. In the film, the guard posts along the fenceline offer no resistance, the air-to-air missile and flak systems are powerless against an attacking gunship, and casualties on the part of the Secret Service are near total versus negligible casualties from the invaders. In reality, even after softening them up with a gunship -- which is usually more psychological than effective -- a half-battalion of North Korean militants with small arms wouldn't stand a chance against the snipers and automatic riflemen of the Secret Service, no matter their paramilitary training; sometimes quality cannot beat quantity, and there is plenty of both quality and quantity on the lawn.

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* EasilyConqueredWorld: While not as heavily fortified as NORAD and somewhat limited by its front lawn being visible from the street of a large city, the White House is otherwise the most heavily guarded facility on the face of the globe. In the film, the guard posts along the fenceline offer no resistance, the air-to-air surface-to-air missile and flak systems are powerless against an attacking gunship, and casualties on the part of the Secret Service are near total versus negligible casualties from the invaders. In reality, even after softening them up with a gunship -- which is usually more psychological than effective -- a half-battalion of North Korean militants with small arms wouldn't stand a chance against the snipers and automatic riflemen of the Secret Service, no matter their paramilitary training; sometimes quality cannot beat quantity, and there is plenty of both quality and quantity on the lawn.
13th Jun '16 1:16:08 PM jtgibson
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* EasilyConqueredWorld: While not as heavily fortified as NORAD and somewhat limited by its front lawn being visible from the street of a large city, the White House is otherwise the most heavily guarded facility on the face of the globe. In the film, the guard posts along the fenceline offer no resistance, the air-to-air missile and flak systems are powerless against an attacking gunship, and casualties on the part of the Secret Service are near total versus negligible casualties from the invaders. In reality, even after softening them up with a gunship -- which is usually more psychological than effective -- a half-battalion of North Korean militants with small arms wouldn't stand a chance against the snipers and automatic riflemen of the Secret Service, no matter their paramilitary training; sometimes quality cannot beat quantity, and there is plenty of both quality and quantity on the lawn.
30th Mar '16 12:57:49 AM marcoasalazarm
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* CodeEmergency: The titular code: "White House taken by hostile forces, all agents on-site are dead."
14th Mar '16 12:07:00 AM Tyk5919
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A sequel movie, ''Film/LondonHasFallen'', is scheduled to debut worldwide by 2016.

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A sequel movie, ''Film/LondonHasFallen'', is scheduled to debut was released worldwide by on March 4, 2016.
7th Mar '16 2:08:20 PM Damar
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** Also, a female terrorist uses a sniper rifle during the initial assault on the White House and, rather than being the token female villain as would normally be suggested by this, Banning promptly shoots her in the head.

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** Also, a female terrorist uses a sniper rifle during the initial assault on the White House and, rather than being the token female villain as would normally be suggested by this, Banning promptly shoots her in the head. Another female terrorist is shot by a Secret Service agent.
6th Mar '16 7:26:11 AM contrafanxxx
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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: When Ruth [=McMillan=] is dragged off by the terrorists, she yells, "I pledge allegiance! To the flag! Of the United States of America!"
1st Mar '16 1:28:53 PM Larkmarn
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* MilitariesAreUseless: In order to facilitate the DieHardOnAnX format, the armed forces have to have a shockingly poor showing defending the nation's capital. They not only fail to stop the incursion before it happens, and they don't really do anything but die spectacularly.
26th Feb '16 6:46:56 AM Larkmarn
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* AirventPassageway: Rare {{Justified}} example: The person going through said passageway is a child small enough to fit in it, and the passage is made of stone, avoiding the problematic "[[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Why, Thor the god of thunder is trying to enter my building!]]" scenario.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in-universe by the kid asking Banning how he was gonna fit in the passageway.

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* AirventPassageway: Rare {{Justified}} example: The person going through said passageway is a child small enough to fit in it, and the passage is made of stone, avoiding the problematic "[[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Why, Thor the god of thunder is trying to enter my building!]]" scenario.
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scenario. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in-universe by the kid asking Banning how he was gonna fit in the passageway.



*** On the other hand, the guns were camouflaged and the the aircraft didn't look anything like an AC-130. It wasn't even armed like an AC 130 which has an 105mm howitzer a 40mm cannon and a 25 mm cannon all on the port side, the C-130 in the movie had two Vulcan cannons on the port side and two Vulcan cannons on the starboard side. It was most likely a custom job indistinguishable from a cargo C-130 in which case the F-22 would probably have approached in the same way as they did in the movie.



*** This is a case of RealityIsUnrealistic: the 30 to 100 nautical miles range depending on the model of the AMRAAM, is at altitudes of above 10000m and fired at an approaching aircraft. In reality if fired, as in the movie, at treetop altitude and from behind the target, due to the denser atmosphere and the lower relative velocity, the AMRAAM would have a range a little over 5 nautical miles.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Kang's mom died from stepping on an American landmine, so he plans on destroying the United States and re-igniting the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. This despite the fact that his own father was ''executed'' by the North Korean government for crimes against the People's Republic.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution:
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Kang's mom died from stepping on an American landmine, so he plans on destroying the United States and re-igniting the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. This despite the fact that his own father was ''executed'' by the North Korean government for crimes against the People's Republic.



* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler:Kang runs his extremist paramilitary outfit whilst being the South Korean prime minister's head of security. It helps that prior to the events of the film, he'd never been photographed.]]

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* HiddenInPlainSight: HiddenInPlainSight:
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[[spoiler:Kang runs his extremist paramilitary outfit whilst being the South Korean prime minister's head of security. It helps that prior to the events of the film, he'd never been photographed.]]



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Banning gets a pretty high head count with just a pistol.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: ImprobableAimingSkills:
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Banning gets a pretty high head count with just a pistol.



** Though in Kang's case it only works because the President can't take seeing his people get tortured and orders them to give up the codes, being confident that he could personally resist any torture once they got to him. In the case of Banning, his killing of the first terrorist shows the second that he's not playing around, as they seem to assume, at first, that he's going to give them the Army Field Manual (aka Kid Gloves) treatment.



* WouldHitAGirl: The villains [[KickTheDog shoot a woman because she can't stop screaming]], and Kang personally beats the female Secretary of Defense half to death to get her security code.

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* WouldHitAGirl: WouldHitAGirl:
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The villains [[KickTheDog shoot a woman because she can't stop screaming]], and Kang personally beats the female Secretary of Defense half to death to get her security code.



* ZergRush: How the terrorist force manages to take the White House: after blowing a hole in the fence with suicide bombers, they rush across the lawn with large numbers of troops. About half of the terrorists are killed by the Secret Service and DC police, even with the support of their machine-gun trucks and the strafing run by the AC-130.

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* ZergRush: ZergRush:
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How the terrorist force manages to take the White House: after blowing a hole in the fence with suicide bombers, they rush across the lawn with large numbers of troops. About half of the terrorists are killed by the Secret Service and DC police, even with the support of their machine-gun trucks and the strafing run by the AC-130.AC-130.
** The Secret Service's response as well is to run headlong into the fire from those trucks and AC-130 fire with no consideration given to cover. Since the terrorists have better numbers, they win out.
26th Feb '16 5:53:07 AM Larkmarn
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* HollywoodTactics: The Secret Service agents seriously does not have any idea of what cover is. They just stand there in the middle of the lawn, standing upright while trying to shoot the enemy that is rushing them. The last of them only take cover because Banning told them to take cover.

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* HollywoodTactics: HollywoodTactics:
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The Secret Service agents seriously does not have any idea of what cover is. They just stand there in the middle of the lawn, standing upright while trying to shoot the enemy that is rushing them. The last of them only take cover because Banning told them to take cover.



** More like FridgeBrilliance actually: the purpose of a Secret Service security detail is not to gun down assailants but to put their bodies between their charge and the assailants. It's very probable that taking cover is not stressed in their training and instead that they are indoctrinated to charge recklessly into fire, instead of caring for their own asses, to draw fire away from the one they are protecting. So in this case Secret Service agents staying in the middle of the lawn and charging into machine gun fire actually makes sense. Banning on the other hand had been removed from a protection detail for more then a year so he had probably reverted to his original and much stronger training and indoctrination from his Special Forces days, hence he reacts "smarter" by taking cover.
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