London Has Fallen


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

London Has Fallen
""The plot is bollocks.""

"Sequels suck."

Who said that? It's not true. Not always. Except now. London has indeed gone down the drain with Gerard, Aaron and the Olympus crew. How could they?

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The plot is bollocks. A Middle Eastern gun runner loses family and friends in a wedding party drone attack. His revenge is to orchestrate the demise of the British PM, bring the world leaders to the capital for the funeral and obliterate them with an army of trained mercenaries. Famous landmarks are blown up before your eyes with the script and all who write therein. The violence is something else, almost as bad as the jokes and way above the 15 certificate limit.

US Pres (frozen with fear in a basement hideout): "What happens if you don't come back?"

Bodyguard (off on a hunting spree to clear the upstairs corridors of scumbags): "You're fucked."

US Pres: "That's inspiring."

You can get away with this sort of stuff in Independence Day because that was about an alien invasion and those slimeballs had serious firepower. If a Pakistani crook can muster up a terrorist attack on this scale, albeit with the help of a MI6 mole, why isn't ISIS beheading Tory grandees in Downing Street right now?

Basically this is a chase movie with explosive interludes. Gerard Butler is the same guy he played in Olympus Has Fallen, only older, and Aaron Eckhart repeats his role as Mr Pres. They are on the run from the killer squads who are everywhere and armed to the teeth which forces the action into smaller, darker rooms in anonymous buildings to avoid open ground.

Do you care? Do you care enough?

"You should have let us kill him quickly," a bad person snarls. "Now we have to kill him slowly."


After such a debacle with London Has Fallen, what's next? Buck House Up?

Call Channing.

Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2016
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Mike Banning tries to foil an assassination plot.
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Director: Babak Najafi

Writer: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast, Chad St. John

Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Charlotte Riley, Radha Mitchell, Alon Aboutboul, Melissa Leo, Colin Salmon, Robert Forster, Shivani Ghai

Year: 2016

Runtime: 99 minutes

BBFC: 15 - Age Restricted

Country: UK, US, Bulgaria


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