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Review: Tired 'Olympus' a by-the-numbers action retread

6:21 PM, Mar. 20, 2013
Is Gerard Butler talking to his watch? Yep,
Is Gerard Butler talking to his watch? Yep, "Olympus Has Fallen" doesn't break much new ground.
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There's a lot of flag waving in "Olympus Has Fallen." We're talking actual, literal flags: new flags resplendently waving in the dawn's early light, bullet-riddled flags, flags on fire, flags trampled under the boots of foreign oppressors. It's all window dressing for the figurative flag waving that happens when you strip "Die Hard" of its intelligence and charm and instead serve up its lone wolf vs. foreign baddies premise with a side-serving of jingoism and destruction porn.

An increasingly jowly Gerard Butler stars as Mike Banning, a hardcore Secret Service agent turned desk jockey ...

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