Movie Review: London Has Fallen


 

Before I get into reviewing this explosive movie, maybe I ought to clarify how I rate movies. Yes, I look at them from a biblical worldview. Yes, I look at them as far as quality of story, quality of acting, quality of filming, etc. But most of all I rate movies based on whether or not I would watch them over and over and over again.

Is it a movie that I would keep in a place of honor on my shelf? Is it a movie I would show people? If that’s the case, it gets five stars. Maybe nobody else would love it. Maybe it’s an overall-crappy movie as far as the Oscars go. But that’s my rating system. Just in case you were wondering.

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What Is It?

London Has Fallen is a big-budget action thriller of a movie. Lots of explosions. Lots of famous landmarks blowing up. Lots of epic one-liners. Lots and lots of Gerard Butler trying to play an American accent (and doing a pretty darn good job of it).

Who’s In It?

Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning. He’s also joined by the whole original cast (the ones who survived Olympus Has Fallen, that is): Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell, the awesome Secretary of Defense Chick, General Fuzzy-Eyebrows

What’s It About?

Terrorists launch a massive attack on London in order to kill 40 world leaders. The sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, this movie follows Secret Service Agent Mike Banning as he seeks to keep President Ben Asher safe and avoid capture by the terrorists who are threatening to execute him in front of the world.

What Did I Like Love?

Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart
Gerard Butler and the big knife
Gerard Butler and the big gun
Gerard Butler and his sassy attitude
Gerard Butler and the baby

In all seriousness, I really did love Gerard Butler, but I loved everybody else too. What was different about London Has Fallen, as opposed to Olympus Has Fallen, was the amount of humor.

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Gerard Butler and Aaron Echkart in London Has Fallen (2016)

In Olympus Has Fallen, President Asher is reeling from the loss of his wife, which Banning wasn’t able to prevent. They’re not exactly at odds with each other, but being around each other brings back bad memories. All of that is gone in London Has Fallen, and Banning and Asher are best buds.

Absolutely hilarious banter between the two of them makes up a third of the movie. They seriously have one of the best bromances I’ve ever seen on the big screen.

I spent the whole movie roaring with laughter, gaping in shock at the famous landmarks that blew up, and clenching in terror that somebody was going to die.

What Did I Not Like?

The title. Ugh. Gag me. I understand that they wanted to refer back to the first movie, but come on! London Has Fallen? Seriously? They might as well have just said London Bridges Has Fallen for as much sense as it made.

Olympus Has Fallen. That was an epic title because it had some symbolism. I think they would have been much better served coming up with a symbolic name for this movie too.

That being said … that’s really the only thing I didn’t like.

Should You See It?

First off, I should preface this by saying there is a heck of a lot of language. So if you watch it, just prepare yourself. It has the R-Rating for a reason.

It’s predictable. Maybe even a bit campy in places. The plot is almost identical to the first movie, except that the president gets a gun and shoots people in this one. But we get to see a wonderful friendship between two scarred men. We get to see evil punished and goodness triumph. We get to see how a good man is rewarded for doing the right thing. And we get an epic car chase through the streets of London with motorcycles and guns and backwards driving! Who doesn’t want to see something like that?

But the number one reason why you should go see this movie? You probably already guessed.

That’s right.

Gerard Butler.

Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen (2016)

Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen (2016)

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