London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen

Babak Najafi (2015)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This sequel to 2013 White House siege thriller Olympus Has Fallen relocates to an overcast London for a state funeral that, after a creditably tense build-up, is then plunged into chaos by a well-planned terrorist attack. However, while other lookalike world leaders, civilians and emergency personnel are slaughtered, our empathy is supposed to shift wholesale to Gerard Butler's violent, foul-mouthed Secret Service agent and Aaron Eckhart's unlucky US President as they improvise an escape. There's something nasty about this orgy of below-par CGI destruction pulling the lever for quip-punctuated thrills ("I always wondered when you were gonna come out of the closet" after Eckhart opens fire from a cupboard). Colin Salmon and Charlotte Riley lead the stoic British response, while Morgan Freeman and the Joint Chiefs fret remotely on the other side of the Atlantic, and Butler's pregnant wife chews her lip at laughable news reports ("Terrorists have decimated nearly all the known landmarks in London"). Director Babak Nafaji (Easy Money II) manages to extract some black comedy from all the pyrotechnics, although calling the PM Clarkson is an unintentional gag, and showing a US drone strike killing a wedding party does little to alleviate the general mood of American arrogance.

Summary

World leaders gather in London for the funeral of the British Prime Minister, unaware they have been led into a trap. A terrorist plans to kill them all, and devastate the city, and the only people in a position to stop him are the President of the United States and the indomitable head of his secret service. Action thriller sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman.

Cast & Crew

Mike Banning Gerard Butler
President Benjamin Asher Aaron Eckhart
Speaker Trumbull Morgan Freeman
M16 Jacquelin "Jax" Marshall Charlotte Riley
Lynn Jacobs Angela Bassett
Leah Radha Mitchell
Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan Melissa Leo
General Edward Clegg Robert Forster
Aamir Barkawi Alon Aboutboul
Chief Hazard Colin Salmon
Deputy Chief Mason Jackie Earle Haley
MI5 Intel John Lancaster Patrick Kennedy
Doris Deborah Grant
Director Babak Najafi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Mar 2016
Drama