Title: London Has Fallen (2016)
Directed by: Babak Najafi
Screenplay by: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast, Chad St. John
Story by: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt
Based on: Characters by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt
Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Radha Mitchell, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Alon Aboutboul, Waleed Zuaiter, and Mehdi Dehbi
Music by: Trevor Morris
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
Running Time: 99 minutes
Languages: English, Italian, French, Japanese
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Production Companies: Millennium Films, G-BASE
Distributed by: Focus Features, Gramercy Pictures (US), Lionsgate Films (non-US)
After the death of the British prime minister, the world’s most powerful leaders gather in London to pay their respects. Without warning, terrorists unleash a devastating attack that leaves the city in chaos and ruins. Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) springs into action to bring U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) to safety. When Asher falls into the hands of the sinister organisation, it’s up to Banning to save his commander in chief from a horrible fate.
London Has Fallen is basically the remake of Olympus Has Fallen (2013) in different city and country, which is London, England. The action and the overall story are basically the same as before, only the difference is now it all happened in London. I think Antoine Fuqua made the right decision of dropping out and not continuing the sequel. With the same overall story, London Has Fallen has lost its charm.
The action in London Has Fallen is still good, or maybe even more exciting with all the shootings and bombings. Unfortunately, the story is not as good as the action. Some elements may be different from the first film, but others are quite the same. Therefore, you can actually guess its ending pretty easily. If this film was released before Olympus Has Fallen, perhaps I will give it a higher score. Unfortunately, it’s not. If the filmmakers wanted to make another sequel, they really have to step up their game or they will disappoint us again.
“To those who threaten our freedom: America will rise up. And make no mistake; we will find you, and we will destroy you.” – Vice President Trumbull
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman still do their performance really well. In London Has Fallen, we will see more of Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart together in action. It’s exciting because they are pretty good together. Not to mention there are some funny scenes between them too. So it’s kind of refreshing. As far as I can remember, there aren’t funny scenes or conversations in Olympus Has Fallen. However, in London Has Fallen there are quite some moments that actually funny, in my opinion.
Overall, London Has Fallen is fine, not bad but not that good either. I still like it. Unfortunately, I don’t love it. The film is still entertaining with its action and a few jokes. If you’re looking only for an action but not a deeper story, this film is good enough to entertain you. But if you’re looking a good story with a good action, this isn’t it. Good action, yes. Good story, perhaps, if you haven’t watched Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Since I have watched the prequel, this film is a bit of a downfall, though not too extreme because it is good in some ways.
I give London Has Fallen 7 out of 10 stars.