London Has Fallen (2016) - movie review on The Movie Scene

London Has Fallen (2016)   3/53/53/53/53/5


Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen (2016)

It's Falling Down

When the British Prime Minister suddenly dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street, leaders from across the world find themselves attending the funeral at short notice. For Mike Banning (Gerard Butler - Machine Gun Preacher), who is due to become a dad at anytime, it means a trip to London as protection for President Asher (Aaron Eckhart - I, Frankenstein). But when a series of explosions and attacks see other world leaders killed Mike must protect the President at all costs as he tries to get him to safety in a violent London with terrorists on every street.

As I watched "London Has Fallen" a thought came to mind, what if they did a movie cross over where Mike Banning runs in to John McClane and together they end up taking on the terrorists. I reckon these two could do more damage to a city than the terrorists themselves. Anyway I digress and with good reason because "London Has Fallen" is as simple as a movie can be. We have terrorists wanting revenge and to publicly execute the President and we have Mike Banning being tough, ruthless and deadly in protecting his friend the President. All of which has a background of big explosions, car chases, huge CGI effects and a good dousing of violence and swearing.

Aaron Eckhart in London Has Fallen (2016)

And the truth is, "London Has Fallen" is entertaining if you are a fan of these mindless action movies which are about action, violence and a hero being as tough as nails, because he got that way through a life of bad choices. And as such Gerard Butler looks like he is having fun reprising his role of Mike Banning and dispatching bad guys with both violence and a witty put down. But none of it is what I would call memorable and you are more likely to remember "London Has Fallen" for being ridiculously over the top rather than for being any good.

What this all boils down to is that what "London Has Fallen" delivers is a lot of wham for your buck. And so for fans of over the top action movies this one should entertain but not leaving any lasting impression.


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