London Has Fallen
Yes, this film is as xenophobic as people are saying and yes it’s also just as clichéd as everyone has pointed out, but if you liked the first entry, Olympus Has Fallen, I can’t help but think you’ll at least enjoy this one.
The film brings back just about the entire cast from the first installment and pits them up against a new threat, this time it’s global. The Prime Minister dies under mysterious circumstances which brings plenty of the world’s leaders to his funeral. While there, Mike Banning discovers the plot to kill the president and the other leaders. We then get virtually the same plot as the first film just with the backdrop of London instead of the White House.
Sadly, it doesn’t really take advantage of the great cast that it assembled. Unlike the first film, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo are just faces in a group of people with little lines to work with. We do however, get the same fun dynamic between Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler to keep us entertained. Eckhart once again proved he’s a solid choice to play the president and this type of role is where Butler thrives. He gets far more to do than he did in Gods of Egypt, and I’m grateful for that. He’s once again debating quitting the secret service based on his soon to be fatherhood duties before being thrust back into the fray in London.
The motivations of the villains here don’t seem to be as fleshed out as the first film and thus creating weak character development. The film is also just as pro-American as the first outing which can turn off some for sure. In all, there’s nothing really new here with this story or execution. Besides from a few cool long takes towards the end of the film, the action is generic and hindered by overuse of shaky-cam. The actors are stuck with a less than subpar script that doesn’t do much of anything unique. But with all that said, it’s hard not to at least enjoy Butler and Eckhart having fun with their characters in this bombastic sequel.
+Butler & Eckhart
+Some good long takes of action
-Doesn’t flesh out its villains
-Wastes the talent of its actors