Olympus Has Fallen... to the North Koreans??
Sometimes you see Hollywood make so many dumb-assed mistakes in a single movie event that it takes longer to point them out than to watch them. And this is one of those times...
The event: "Korean" terrorists successfully storm the White House with help from an army of Middle-Eastern terrorists and not one, but two pimped-out trash trucks and a Lockheed AC-130 Gun Plane. Riiiiggghht... It all made about as much sense in the real world as Leonidas and his Spartans using Klingon Disrupters and the One Ring to Rule them All to defeat the Persians. It... was... retarded. Painfully, gut-cringingly so.
If for no other reason than that the North Koreans (or their proxies) couldn't take a crap unless it was in a Chinese toilet, installed by a Chinese plumber, and flushed by a Chinese bureaucrat, let alone take the White House. Sorry, Un, but you're going to need more than those three cards in your Rolodex to pull that one off.
Having worked in an office that literally (not figuratively, but literally) overlooked the roof of the White House, and having seen the spotters on the roof tops of several buildings with my own eyes, and having personally watched the intricate ballet that even Marine Corp One has to dance just to make it to the WH, I'm pretty sure roving hoards (more than a hundred?) of masked, machine-gun-toting, RPG-wielding Middle-Easterners and Koreans would not make it to the perimeter of the White House. (And speaking of which, why the masks? Were they afraid of facing a police line-up? Didn't want mom to recognize them on Korea's Most Wanted?)
No amount of counter-measure "flares" would allow an unauthorized AC-130 gunship over the National Mall. Period, end of sentence, put out the cat, Wilma. I'm pretty sure there's a Phalanx (or two or six, and probably Centurion C-RAMs, since Phalanxes are deployed on Navy vessels to shoot down incoming supersonic missiles) near the White House, which can fire about 75 titanium -tipped, armor-piercing rounds per second, but who's counting? If you are, that's about 4,500 rounds per minute, so, in the five minutes it took that 130 to fly around shooting stuff up, a single unit (if given the ammo feed) could throw over 22,000 armor piercing, computer-driven, radar and infrared targeted rounds each traveling at a muzzle velocity of .7 miles per second, or about 2,450 miles per hour, or eight times faster than the maximum speed (not engagement speed) of an AC-130 gun ship.
Even if I'm wrong about the Phalanx, F-16's have nifty M-61 Vulcan Gatling guns that can spew out 100 M50 rounds per second, or 6,000 rounds per minute, if given the ammo feed. (They weren't F-16's in the movie; I think they were supposed to be F-22 Raptors―another boo-boo).
And there's just no way two scrambled F-16's (or F-22's, for that matter) would take up positions straddling an intruding war plane headed for the U.S. Capital (even if they could shoot their guns laterally, they'd be cross-firing at each other even if they hit the plane between them, plus it's a tad harder to target a Sparrow or Sidewinder missile sideways); and there's no way that a gun ship could take them both down with fixed-mounted Gatling guns. At a minimum, I believe one of them would move forward to see the cockpit/pilots, and the other would lag behind with his finger on the trigger, having already gotten the green light to fire before that aircraft made it across the Potomac (it was a clearly marked war craft, not a passenger plane, for crap's sake!).
Edit: Not to belabor this... Well... Yeah, okay, I am going to belabor it, because it's safety comment. If a Lockheed AC-130 is hurling armor-piercing rounds at you, hiding behind that Toyota isn't going to help you―at all. Your best bet is to run and run fast (zig and zag, kids, zig and zag). Not that running is that much of a better choice, since an AC-130 can target a running person from so far away that you can't even see or hear it, and do so at night (which is when they usually fly their their missions, btw). Okay, end of edit.
And it's not just the Secret Service you'd have to fight past (and two are always atop the White House while the President is there, specifically looking for things like... oh, I don't know for sure, but I suspect a hundred masked men armed to the teeth trying to breech the WH perimeter fence would catch their attention, and they'd probably report it ... to someone); there are the U.S. Marines, Metro PD, Capitol Police, the FBI (the Hoover building is just a few blocks away), ATF, DEA, DoD, USCG, Park Rangers, ICE, Treasury, U.S. Mint Police (―hell, there are more armed law enforcement organizations in D.C. than most cities have actual cops); patrol dogs trained to recognize various weaponry and ammunition; well-armed citizens and even better-armed gangs, and a huge army of reporters and film crews from around the world (let alone all the cell phones)... Remember that disturbed lady who bumped one of the barricade posts? Dead in minutes while being chased. And that was just a single lady in a civilian car. With a baby in a baby seat. So... Invading hoards of Middle-Easterners with machine guns (I mean, what are the odds that anyone in this country would notice a hundred or so Middle-Easterners headed toward the White House?)? ...Asians with smelly RPG's? .50 Caliber Machine guns inside of pimped-out trash trucks? Driving through the nation's capital? In summer (peak tourist season)?? Good grief, that plan would be thwarted by typical D.C.traffic.
And by the way, how the hell does one "sneak" a huge AC-130 gun ship into the U.S.?? Those things are almost 100 feet long, over 130 feet wide, as tall as a four-story building, weigh in at about 60 tons (I believe), and would occupy a cube volume of over 18,000 cubic yards, or the equivalent of about eight two-story houses. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure any "locally obtained" aircraft of that caliber would sorta be noticed if you stole it and tried to get it down a runway, especially since they don't tend to park those things in civilian garages or mall parking lots (did I mention: eight two-story houses?). And even if that was the case, take a guess about what kind of noise turbo-props make when they're trying to heft 60 tons into the air. You don't have to hear it, you can literally feel it. Even the X-Men couldn't sneak one of those things past Helen Keller if she were in a coma. But, hey, those crafty North Koreans... Un can't supply his own people with Rice or Ramen noodles, but he has $130 Million for a single plane. Nice.
The cast was great, and why I started watching. This flick was beneath them (even the ones who portrayed the bad guys). Obviously, I enjoyed writing this rant more than watching the movie that inspired it. I quit it before the end, since I didn't want to watch vampires, unicorns, and 16-year-old man-chicks in shiny leather stretch pants and high-heeled fashion boots save the President (again).
But, yeah, if you're a terrorist, please watch this movie, take notes, and do everything you see on the screen. The rest of us would really like to see our tax dollars at work for a change, even if it's only for the 31.4 seconds it would take usher you (and your fancy trash trucks) into whatever you believe the Great Beyond to be.
...And it got 4/5 stars on Netflix. Probably all from North Koreans who also couldn't stick it out to the end.
Yup, Olympus has fallen... and it can't reach its beer.
Just my opinion... And I can't reach my beer, either.