I know this is supposed to be a purely Nollywood review blog (even though I started off with a Ghanaian production, *sigh*), I just had to write something on this movie face off (so once in a while, there will be some Hollywood in the mix)
Now, never would I have thought there will be a time, a Hollywood Production studio will produce two similar movies and then have them released almost simultaneously but after careful scanning of the industry, I realize that it’s really not that uncommon in the movie capital of the world.
So the next time you are giving Nollywood a hard time (well that’s why am actually here) for being the same, not creative, lacking suspense, not being clever or riveting, just take a long hard look into Hollywood and you will see, there is actually no point re-inventing the wheel…
While am not going to get into a review of both movies, (as the plots are obviously the same - the white house is captured by a gang of terrorists). I will however, give a run-down of Hollywood movies that have been direct copies or have had similar plots in the last decade or more.
Copy Cat Movies:-
- Olympus Has Fallen (March 22) Vs White House Down ( June 28, 2013)
- The Prestige (October 20) Vs The Illusionist (August 18, 2006)
- Deep Impact (May 8) Vs Armageddon (July 1, 1998)
- Antz (October 2) Vs Bugs Life (November 25 1998)
- Dante’s Peak (Feb. 7) Vs Volcano ( April 25, 1997)
- Tornado (May 7) Vs Twister (May 17, 1996)
There are obviously more copycat movies out there, so feel free to add your movies to the comments, while I try and whip out some Nollywood copycat movies ( there are obviously dozens of these) if I can. In the meantime, let me know which of these movies did better in your opinion?