Just when you thought they couldn’t outdo the events of Olympus Has Fallen, screenwriters Creighton Rothenberger and his wife Katrin Bendikt prove you wrong with London Has Fallen. Team SFPL got a chance to see an advanced screening of the action/thriller, hit the jump to see how we felt about the movie.
London Has Fallen directed by Babak Najafi is the direct sequel of the 2013 Antoine Fuqua film Olympus Has Fallen where a group of North Korean terrorist attacked the Nation’s Capitol and captures The White House. In the film we catch up with super Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) who is still head of security and rightfully so after saving the life of his friend and President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). Banning is currently expecting the birth of his child any day with his wife Leah Banning (RadhaMitchell) and mulling resigning from his job with the Secret Service to pursue a calm life of parenthood and be a full-time family man.
Banning is looking forward to some much-needed vacation time with his wife but that is interrupted when the British Prime Minister suddenly dies. The President and all of the world leaders are set to attend the impromptu funeral in London. Dubbed the “most protected event” in world history and a “logistical nightmare” by the director of the Secret Service Lynn Jacobs (Angela Bassett) they quickly mull up a plan to keep the President safe during his visit to London. Unfortunately for them the funeral is being used as a trap to lure all of the world’s leaders into one spot to strategically assassinate them in a plot that was years-in-the-making thanks in large part to a failed attempt to scrub out terrorist/arms dealer Aamir Barkawi (Alon Aboutboul).
Things don’t take long to escalate in the movie, and shit literally hits the fan very quickly as one by one world leaders bite dust in the most tragic ways possible. Not to mention the destruction of some of London’s most famous and historic landmarks as an added bonus.
That’s right poor Banning has to go through this mess all over again.
It becomes a non-stop thrill ride as Banning does his absolute best to keep the President alive on foreign land with limited resources. No biggie though for Mike, as he more skills than Bryan Mills from Taken and proves why he’s the only guy suitable for the job of protecting the leader of the free world.
President Asher is no pushover either, this isn’t his first rodeo and he doesn’t hesitate to fire off a few rounds at the terrorist trying to take his life.
While all of this is unfolding our favorite Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) watches in horror from the White House thanks to drones supplying surveillance footage. Trumbull is insanely calm during the situation and talking with the terrorist leader, but the same can’t be said for the rest of the staff whose faces of fear were more comical if anything.
London Has Fallen comes out just in time during the Presidential primaries that are currently taking place. Fly guy Rae Holliday sat down with the cast and asked them how they think Donald Trump would handle this situation if he was President (god forbid) and we got some pretty interesting takes.
If you are indeed looking for a distraction from all of the politics and Donald Trump and need good action flick to down a bucket of popcorn to, London Has Fallen is your film.
Despite some very cheesy dialogue from Mike during some the scenes, the action helps you totally look past it. We definitely LIKE this one and think you will too!
3 out of 4
London Has Fallen is in theaters today!
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