Robert Downey Jr. is clearly a big fan of “Olympus Has Fallen,” the Antoine Fuqua-directed 2013 action movie starring Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent who fights terrorists in the White House and saves the president, played by Aaron Eckhart. The film, starring Morgan Freeman, grossed $170 million worldwide and launched a franchise for Butler, along with 2016’s “London Has Fallen” and 2018’s “Angel Has Fallen.” While the “Haze Fallen” franchise is a far cry from Downey Jr.’s action-driven Marvel movies, the actor apparently loves them so much that he reached out to Butler personally.
“Robert Downey Jr. wrote me the nicest email since ‘Olympus Has Fallen,'” Butler recently told Upprox. “He’s like, ‘We need more of these movies.’ These are the movies, when I was a kid in New York, and people were yelling at the screen and throwing things and going ‘No!’, and clapping and cheering…they’re fun. They have a reason to live. There’s a reason audiences come out. You As you say, it’s a throwback to those ’90s movies where you’re just like, ‘Come on!’”
Butler said his latest action effort, “Plane,” has a similar feel to the “Haze Fallen” franchise that Downey Jr. loves. In “Plane,” Butler plays a commercial pilot who must rescue his passengers when his plane crashes in a remote area ruled by anti-government militias in the Philippines.
“It’s a throwback where you’re literally in the power of the group, and everyone is either panicking or cheering you on,” Butler said of the film. “The film is a lot of material. It’s a drama, it’s an action film, there’s survival elements, it’s a disaster film.”
diversity Film critic Wayne Glaberman gave “Planes” a favorable review, calling it a “high-flying action movie that’s as strong as Gerard Butler”. Adds the review, “‘Planes’ is fodder, but the film is shamed by its own eccentricity, driven by Gerard Butler’s squinty dynamo determination — and at times elevated.”
“Planes” opens in theaters from Lionsgate on January 16