Back in 2013 Gerard Butler’s Olympus Has Fallen went head to head with Channing Tatum’s similar themed -White -House -in -trouble White House Down. Now Butler is back in the sequel London Has Fallen.
After the death of the British Prime Minister, the US President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) comes to London to attend his funeral. However when a terrorist attack threatens the lives of the world leaders it’s up to Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) to get the President safely out of London.
I must confess I haven’t seen Olympus Has Fallen. But I doubt it was essential in watching this sequel. London Has Fallen won’t text your brain power but it will happily numb it for an hour and a half. So relax and stop wondering why the supposedly bullet proof car only protects Banning and his friends but not the black driver or how Gerard Butler can survive as helicopter crash without even having as little as his seatbelt on. The film would probably hope you forget its clichéd baddies too that some may find offensive as well as hammy.
The film is often funny but mostly unintentionally so whether it’s Gerard Butler’s wondering American accent (which is practically non existent when Banning interacts with a Scottish SAS officer) or the over the top action. Still it kept me entertained throughout.
Many of the actors such as Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Charlotte Riley are a bit wasted while Charlotte Riley makes an impression as an MI6 officer but is also underdeveloped. The film would have you believe that world security is so rubbish apart from Gerard Butler. I was half expecting a revaluation that Banning was some kind of immortal ninja considering the amount if times he escaped certain death. Sometimes I found Banning really irritating and smug. He was also a bit too gleeful when stabbing terrorists in the eye considering he’s meant to be the hero.
This won’t be winning any awards or be the top of anyone’s action movies but go with a few friends (and maybe a few drinks) and you may find it enjoyable enough.
Rating 3/5 – fun if forgettable actioner