Gerard Butler once again stars in a movie where things are falling; Olympus, dragons, and Spartans, oh my! This time, it’s London.
Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is back as our favorite head of security for the President of the United States of America (Aaron Eckhart). In this, the second installment of the “…has Fallen” movies, they make their way to London to attend the funeral of the recently passed British Prime Minister. This funeral has drawn world leaders from around the globe and a majority of them get taken out in a massive terrorist strike. This strike, years in the planning, singlehandedly decimates and shuts down London nearly completely. Now they have to survive and eventually escape unscathed, which is much easier said than done.
I do very much like Gerard Butler and like Aaron Eckhart even more. First things first, the supporting cast in London Has Fallen is very impressive with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, and Charlotte Riley.
The story is relatively simple, there is a major terrorist strike, the U.S. President is a primary target, there are impressive car chases, impressive gun fight sequences, and only one man can save the day. Yep, that’s it.
|London Has Fallen (2016)|
|Rating: 5.9/10 (52,966 votes)
Director: Babak Najafi
Writer: Creighton Rothenberger (based on characters created by), Katrin Benedikt (based on characters created by), Creighton Rothenberger (story by), Katrin Benedikt (story by), Creighton Rothenberger (screenplay), Katrin Benedikt (screenplay), Christian Gudegast (screenplay), Chad St. John (screenplay)
Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Waleed Zuaiter, Adel Bencherif, Mehdi Dehbi
Runtime: 99 min
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Released: 04 Mar 2016
|Plot: In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.|
There are a couple of things about this that did bother me a little bit. Some of the CGI effects that were used, looked particularly CGI for my taste. There are also several sequences which sweep and follow the actor, very much like an over the shoulder camera view much like in a video game. I really wasn’t a fan of those because this isn’t a video game movie of any kind. Later in the movie when a point where the British SAS find the President, the entire team of Brits at the home command begin cheering and hugging one another. I’m sorry but that just seemed completely and entirely unrealistic to me. I could see the U.S. Vice President and other cabinet members cheering and applauding, but I don’t think the Brits would be quite that elated.
All in all, although I like most of the cast and the general premise of the movie/series itself, this just left me feeling very uninterested. The story was really generic, the action felt very humdrum and a monotonous continuation of the first film. If you’re looking for a standard action film with shooting, kitschy one-liners, big explosions and an otherwise completely predictable direction and outcome, this is will keep you entertained for a while.