London Has Fallen: Unnecessary, Brain-Dead Sequel
Aaron EckhartAngela Bassett...
Action & AdventureThriller
The President of the United States of America has once again found himself in a bit of a pickle and it’s up to hard-as-nails Secret Service agent, Mike Banning, to find a way out in the madly unnecessary follow-up to the 2013’s equally superfluous, Olympus Has Fallen, the bigger, but not necessarily better, London Has Fallen.
The film picks up three years after the events from Olympus Has Fallen, with Mike Banning (Butler) now working as the Head of Protection for President Benjamin Asher (Eckhart). Debating whether to retire and seek a slightly less perilous career now that he and his wife Leah (Mitchell) are expecting their first child, Mike’s plans are soon put to rest when the British Prime Minister unexpectedly dies and President Asher, along with several other leaders from all around the world, are to London to attend the funeral.
However, once there, they find themselves the targets for Pakistani arms dealer, Aamir Barkawi (Aboultboul), who is very quick to launch a series of synchronized terrorist attacks, killing several top leaders and reducing London’s historic landmarks to rubble in the process. Can Mike save President Asher once more and take him to safety before the terrorists get a hold of him and broadcast his beheading live for the whole world to see?
From the spectacularly ludicrous script to the sloppy visuals, London Has Fallen is not much different to its predecessor; sure, the location has changed, but the story is still as ridiculous as they come. The film takes itself a little too seriously, falling back on John McClane-inspired cheesy one-liners to keep things ticking, but to no real effect. Similarly, the R-Rated anarchy and violent action sequences, while brutal, also come across as unnecessary and, in the context, of the silly plot, completely over-the-top.
Reprising his role as the snarling and growling agent Banning, Butler is no Bruce Willis and while he may be well-equipped for the physical side of the job, he lacks the charm and wit needed for the audience to connect – he isn’t much better in Gods of Egypt either. Meanwhile, very little chemistry is shared with his president-in-peril/BFF Eckhart, while returning players, including Freeman as the Vice President and Melissa Leo as the Secretary of Defence, are not really given anything to do and, just like the audience watching, spend most of the time looking bemused.