Writer: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast, Chad St John (Screenplay) Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt (Story)
Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman
Plot: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: 24 The Movie
Story: London Has Fallen starts in Pakistan as we learn that the terrorist movement has grown and the terrorists are planning their next move before being taken out. Move back to meet President Asher (Eckhart) and his chief bodyguard Mike Banning (Butler) as best friends.
When the British Prime Minster dies of natural courses all of the world leaders are heading to London for the funeral including Asher, Mike has to work on the security detail for his best friend.
With the begins of the funeral starting to take place all the world’s leaders have been targeted by a group of terrorists leaving many of them dead. Aamir Barkawi (Aboutboul) is the man behind the attack and al he wants is the President leaving VP Trumbull (Freeman) running the cabinet while Mike has to keep the President alive.
London Has Fallen is a sequel that really has nothing to do with the original other than bring back the characters from the original. The only thing that seems familiar is that we have a foreign terrorist. While watching all I could feel was this is how a 24 movie would go with the one man that will do anything to save president doing that to save him. I do feel it is an easy watch for all the fans out there who want an action film. In the end this is pretty much a standard action film with nothing overly special going on.
Gerard Butler: Mike Banning is the most trust bodyguard and head of security for the President, he has to travel to London for a state funeral only to discover that he is going to have to race to save the president one more time. Gerard is solid as the action hero but isn’t as strong as he should be.
Aaron Eckhart: Benjamin Asher is the President of the United States of America he has to travel to England for the funeral of the Prime Minster which turns into a trap as he must follow Banning to safety against a man who wants him dead. Aaron is basic in this role which I would have liked to see a lot more from him instead of being the almost damsel in distress.
Morgan Freeman: VP Trumbull is left back home in America and when the attack happens he must work with the rest of the office to make the difficult decisions, to help the President or save the people. Morgan is basic supporting performance without doing too much.
Alon Aboutboul: Aamir Barkawi is the man behind the attacks, he has faked his death and now he uses this as his chance to get revenge on the Western world. Alon is a very generic villain without having to get his hands physical dirty.
Support Cast: London Has Fallen has a big supporting with big names doing very little.
Director Review: Babak Najafi – Babak gives us certain great shots but also ends up giving us a very plain story throughout.
Action: London Has Fallen has plenty of mindless action sequences without being too much memorable.
Crime: London Has Fallen puts us into a terrorist world where the criminals are trying to take out the world leaders.
Thriller: London Has Fallen doesn’t really put you on edge because we know the two leads will not suffer any peril.
Settings: London Has Fallen is set in London but after the first attack nothing is truly memorable location in town.
Special Effects: London Has Fallen has poor effects that you can see that CGI is on screen throughout.
Suggestion: London Has Fallen is one for you to switch off your brain and enjoy. (Brain Off Watching)
Best Part: Single take down the street.
Worst Part: CGI
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not.
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $60 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
Tagline: Prepare for bloody hell.
Overall: Sequel that loses the X-factor but is a simple action movie.