Spoiler alert. The following tells how the movie ends. This is actually written for those who have already seen it and probably have their own opinions of it.
What really stands out about “Olympus has fallen” is how it portrays the U.S. executive branch. The first half hour of the movie is dedicated to building a picture of the President as if he is royalty and lives in Castle White House. He is surrounded by body guards and treated as if he embodies all that is important about the nation.
The real humor about this is the fact that, before they are elected, most people (especially members of the party that didn’t win) shudder at the thought of any candidate actually being given control of “the button” (think Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, George Bush, Donald Trump, etc). Hollywood seems to think candidates are magically transformed from being complete idiots to being masters of intellect and thoughtful reflection after they are elected. They aren’t. The media just treats them as if they do.
Then, as the movie progresses, it becomes obvious that the sissy President is completely unwilling to sacrifice any of the executive branch personalities in order to save the country from total annihilation. The irony is that Presidents think nothing of sacrificing thousands of military and civilian lives in wars that have absolutely nothing to do with defending the country (which includes almost every war the U.S. has ever been involved in).
In the course of the movie, it is noted that, if the U.S. is forced by the North Korean bad guys (Norks) to withdraw from South Korea, North Korea will overrun the South in 72 hours. I understand the movie is fiction, but it certainly does make one wonder why, with an economy 25 tomes greater than that of the North, South Korea can’t defend itself better than that.
Toward the end of the movie, when the Norks are hauling the SecDef off to be executed, she bellows out the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, her last words as she’s dragged across the floor kicking and screaming. Luckily she is rescued, saving the country from having to suffer the loss of someone with that kind of mindless loyalty.
After the attack is defeated by a single man, the President gives a lofty speech about patriotism and how the attack made the U.S. a stronger country. A better ending would have been an impeachment of the president and prosecution of the Speaker of the House, both of whom considered the President more important than the entire rest of the country.
One of the things that differentiate the totalitarian states of Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany (among others) from the U.S. is that loyalties in Russia and Germany were to the person who was head of state. Luckily that could never happen here in the good ol’ U.S. of A (I mean aside from the blind reverence loyal democrats have for Obama and republicans had for George Bush no matter what they do).