I am extremely excited to present the third-ever Movies with Abe giveaway! Most of the films I tend to review are independent and film festival entries, but sometimes it’s well worth taking a look at big-budget blockbusters. This one, “Olympus Has Fallen,” one of two movies this year about enemy combatants invading the White House, certainly fits that bill. It comes from director Antoine Fuqua, whose resume includes “Training Day,” “King Arthur,” and “Shooter.” It’s a loud, violent action piece in the style of “Die Hard,” with Gerard Butler as the lone commando who makes it his mission to save the President and freedom as we know it after the famous American landmark is nearly destroyed by North Korean forces. Butler has just the right temperament to play such a role, and Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are well-suited to play the President and Speaker of the House, respectively. This may not be the brainiest movie of the year or the most logically supportable, but it is an energetic thrill ride that doesn’t let up from start to finish. For action lovers, it’s a no-brainer.
“Olympus Has Fallen” arrived on DVD last Tuesday, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has been kind enough to send me a Blu-ray Combo Pack, which gives you the option to watch the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download. To win this cool prize, comment on this post and tell me what your favorite White Houes-related movie is and name your favorite scene that takes place there. Answers can be as creative as you like. Winners will be determined by a random number generator, and only appropriate answers will be counted. The contest officially ends Wednesday, August 28th at 12pm EST. Post your response in the comments below (one per person, please) and spread the word! Check out the trailer for the film below. If you're reading this and would like to sponsor a contest or giveaway on Movies with Abe, please e-mail me.