C-130 Hercules, which was developed specifically for the new needs of the American military in the Korean War. Where else have we seen Korean War armaments? Battleship, and the "Mighty Mo," the USS Missouri. But here's an important difference between the two films, and why comparing non-original elements helps us to sift the gold we might miss otherwise: whereas the Might Mo delivers the fatal blow to the invading aliens in Battleship, the C130 Hercules delivers blows at the White House in Olympus Has Fallen. How low has the United States fallen in the stature of the world that we can't even defend ourselves against the puny North Koreans? Then again, the C130 and Mighty Mo are also in different positions in the two films.
When the President and First Lady are on their way to the Christmas party, the President absently talks to his wife while being more focused on his speech for the night; knowing he isn't listening, she jokingly says she has been "thinking about shaving my head." Why is this important? Please refer back to the discussion in the caption above on why she choose the longer earrings, the longer earrings accentuate the ear, the listening function, and the President isn't listening to her (so she thinks, she realizes he is in a moment) but where else have we seen someone shaving their head recently?
The cancer drama, 50/50.
|As always, children symbolize the future, and Connor, the president's son, specifically so. As a young male, like Adam in 50/50, he also symbolizes the economy, or the future of the economy, being hunted by the communist terrorists. It's not just a coincidence that Banning tells Kang Connor is on his way to a baseball game after Connor is secure, because what is the most recent (before 42 about Jackie Robinson coming out, more on this below) baseball film? Moneyball, about capitalism, because capitalism is like a game and competition, so now that Connor has experience the dangers and evils of socialism first-hand, he will preserve the freedom of capitalism. This is a theme we have seen discussed in Expendables 2, Red Dawn and A Good Day to Die Hard, that Generations X and Y are sluggish about socialism because we haven't experienced World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or the Cold War so we don't understand the threat as being real, just mythical. That's what Banning means when he tells Connor, "You're one of us now," and gives Connor his Secret Service badge, you have earned your badge as an anti-communist and you will fight against it in the future, in your future. But where is it Connor is hiding? The best place he can be, inside the bedroom walls of the Abraham Lincoln. How many times as Lincoln been referenced in the past year? While the liberals have done their best to make it look like Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat and a socialist through a perverse interpretation of the Civil War, which we can see Olympus Has Fallen incorporates into the narrative when the communists go into the room and "shoot up" and destroy Lincoln's bedroom, Connor hiding within the walls probably symbolizes the "intimate understanding" of Lincoln's presidency in all its facets, not just the outer appearance (Connor being behind the wall is what really prompted Lincoln to do what he did, not just the surface or outer appearance of what he did, the main bedroom where the communists are). This interpretation can be verified when Banning takes the bust of Lincoln (the head symbolizes the governing function) and knocks out the communist in the head who has been hunting him (foreshadowing Banning stabbing Kang in the brain), because capitalists can use Lincoln's real ideas (the bust) to knock out communists mis-using Lincoln (like Spielberg and White House Down). Just as there is another dimension not visible to the eye in Lincoln's bedroom (the secret compartment), so there is another dimension to the film, that which we are doing and engaging, seeking out and finding the hiding places and secret compartments of the film so we can rescue it and get it to safety so it won't be lost to us. Before he was with the Secret Service, Banning served in |
the 75th Ranger Regiment (if you don't know about them, they have a brilliant history) which pre-dates even the American Revolutionary War, so Banning has a "secret compartment" to his character like Lincoln's bedroom does, and so, too, does American history in our defenses of this country and all the dangers which have faced us.
Because that's exactly what needs to be done.
An Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and the Vietnam War). Just as the cancer has to be cut-out of Adam in 50/50, and cut off in Evil Dead with Natalie's infected arm and Mia's hand, so the poisonous thoughts of communism have to be stabbed to death in Olympus Has Fallen; but this isn't all regarding this detail of the film,...
Cerebrus is the multi-headed dog protecting the gates of hell in mythology, just as the codes in Olympus Has Fallen is meant to be a safety measure to abort a US launching of nuclear missiles; Kang wants to disarm the codes so our nukes can explode on US soil and destroy us. What does this mean? Our safety device has been turned against us, just like the President's seat belt (even the President's nuclear fallout shelter where he is supposed to be safe imprisons him rather than protects him) , and that safety mechanism has to be undone in order for us to free ourselves from the outside threat. What that means reflects your politics, because either you believe the presidency is under attack from a communist threat (the way I do) or you think, like White House Down, that people like myself are the threat to the presidency, that's up to you to decide, but what we must agree on is that Olympus Has Fallen accomplishes a singular feat in advancing its thesis on culture, politics and history through an exact employment of traditional literary devices.
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