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London Has Fallen

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2015
  • Babak Najafi
  • 94 mins
  • 15

Summary

Action thriller starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. Three years after the attack on the White House, Mike Banning is back in the Secret Service and travels to London with President Benjamin Asher for the Prime Minister's funeral. The world's leaders are also in attendance but little do they know that a plot to assassinate them and capture Asher is about to come to fruition... with catastrophic results.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Mike BanningGerard Butler
President Benjamin AsherAaron Eckhart
Speaker TrumbullMorgan Freeman
M16 Jacquelin "Jax" MarshallCharlotte Riley
Lynn JacobsAngela Bassett
LeahRadha Mitchell
Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillanMelissa Leo
General Edward CleggRobert Forster
Aamir BarkawiAlon Aboutboul
Chief HazardColin Salmon
Deputy Chief MasonJackie Earle Haley
MI5 Intel John LancasterPatrick Kennedy
DorisDeborah Grant

Crew

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DirectorBabak Najafi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2016-03-03
Languages
English | Japanese | Italian | French
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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