Movie Review: London Has Fallen (2016)
Director: Babak Najafi
Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Waleed Zuaiter, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Mehdi Dehbi, with Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Roberst Foster, and Melissa Leo in a guest appearance as United States Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
Writers: Creighton Rothenberger (screenplay and story), Katrin Benedikt (screenplay and story), Christian Gudegast (screenplay), Chad St. John (screenplay)
Rating: 3.7/5 stars
“London Has Fallen” is tailor-made for fans of the golden age of action movies (read 80s and 90s), who loved their heroes ballsy and brawny, their guns big and bad, their one-liners witty and offensive, and their fight scenes brutal and raw. Yes, the sequel is a tad sillier and clumsier in places than its predecessor – the surprise hit (and one of the best action films of the last decade) “Olympus Has Fallen” – but it’s still great fun nevertheless.
After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable Secret Service Head, and a British MI6 agent, who trusts no one, are the only people that have any hope of stopping it.
Think of this movie along the lines of what Schwarzenegger or Stallone or Willis used to do so well, but, only this time, the Soviets are replaced by Islamist terrorists and Gerard Butler takes over the mantle of “mean action hero”. And, thankfully, this is one of those rare movies that doesn’t make any excuse for the terrorists, and shows them for the scumbags they really are while also justifying the west’s stance of eradicating them by any means necessary.
The bullets keep flying, witty one-liners fly faster than the bullets at times, punches and kicks are regularly thrown, and Gerard Butler does a swell job at once again portraying Secret Service Head Mike Banning as one badass action hero. In short, it might not be a novel piece of entertainment, but it’s still one adrenaline-pumping, testosterone-driving, entertaining action movie nevertheless, harking back to a time before heroes always had to wear suits and pander to kids (not that I’m saying those movies aren’t also entertaining as hell). So grab your popcorn, fasten your seatbelts, and be ready to be thoroughly entertained. If you’re looking for anything else from this, then you’re in the wrong place, mate.