Remember movie trailers from the '80s and '90s that were dominated by Movie Trailer Guy voice-overs? You know the type. Someone with a deep, gravely voice explains not only the plot of the movie, but why it's all about this one single person. It was particularly apt for action movies, where Movie Trailer Voice Guy would set up a world in which only one man, usually a grizzled veteran living the simple life, had what it took to take out the bad guys. It was a simpler time when action movies were all about one good guy with a bad past being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Well, if you, like me, are nostalgic for the kinds of movies that would warrant a setup from Movie Trailer Voice Guy, then you'll get a kick out of the trailer for Olympus Has Fallen, the new action movie from Antoine Fuqua, the director of Shooter and Tears of the Sun.
Unfortunately it doesn't have any actual voice-over, but honestly it doesn't really matter. Instead of giving the "Mike Banning was the U.S.' best Secret Service agent until..." lines to a narrator, they're just written straight into the script and every character gets one. Here's a sample:
"Everybody knows you did the right thing on that bridge. Even the president knows."
"Isn't this the same guy who was removed from the president's detail?"
"He is ex-special forces."
And, of course:
"With all due respect, I'm the best hope you've got."
There's a lot of silliness in the trailer, mostly involving a whole lot of fuzzy CGI and a cargo plane attacking the White House like it accidentally flew in from a G.I. Joe movie, but lines like that give us hope Olympus Has Fallen is a throwback to movies like Sudden Death, Passenger 57 and Under Siege. At the very least, it should be fun to watch Morgan Freeman yell at people while Gerard Butler kills a bunch of terrorists.
And, if it isn't, no big loss. There's always White House Down coming out later this year. If the title didn't give it away, it's got a nearly identical premise, plus with Roland Emmerich directing the possibility for it being a cheesy, '90s-worthy action movie is very, very high.