The sequel to the worldwide smash hit “Olympus Has Fallen,” a non-stop, suspenseful action thriller that delivers high-octane excitement through a heightened sense of authenticity. The visceral intensity springs from a timely premise: after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States.
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London Has Fallen
London Has Fallen
Mike: Tonight I am reviewing London Has Fallen, the sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen, both starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart.
This film starts off like it’s going to be a thriller with some depth and character development. Unfortunately, that doesn’t last long. Once all hell breaks loose, this turns in to an all out action movie. In other words, what I expected.
I did not see Olympus Has Fallen, but I can tell you it’s not necessary to see it to enjoy or even understand this film. Everything comes together pretty quickly.
The Prime Minister of England has died in his sleep and all of the world leaders including American President Benjamin Asher (Eckhart). Of course, being a sudden death, this gives the Secret Service little time to plan. Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler), who is expecting his first baby with wife Leah, decides he must head up this detail. With all the major world leaders in town, terrorists attack London.
The special effects of London being bombed and destroyed are very well done and will make you wonder how the filmmakers got permission to blow up so many landmarks.
Even though Eckhart is the President, Butler’s Banning is the star. My main complaint would be that he becomes superhuman. Nothing can stop him and he can even fight alongside elite armored SAS troops, while wearing a business suit and wingtips.
The other notable actor in the cast is Morgan Freeman as the Vice President of the United States. Unlike real Vice Presidents, he actually gets to make some decisions while the President is running for his life.
If you are up for a good, mindless action movie, this one fits the bill. If you are interested in this type of action movie, and you may be from the trailers, this movie gives you what you expect. Unfortunately, when the movie started, I thought I might get the unexpected.
I give this a 3 out of 5. It’s well done for what it is, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.