London has Fallen Review

Genre: Action
Rating: M
Length: 99 Minutes
Main cast: Gerard Butler
Aaron Eckhart
Morgan Freeman
Production Company: Lionsgate Films
Directed By: Babak Najafi

Written by Nelson Cumming

London Has Fallen is a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. The fear of the sequel is always upon us viewers, especially if the original was not good in the first place. Also, if that film was a box office hit, people will try and rush a sequel solely to make more money. Many, many film franchises suffer losing quality to the almighty dollar. Unfortunately, London Has Fallen goes into this category. Despite this, there are things the film does well like set design, camerawork, and some action scenes. However, the bad dialogue, repetitive action scenes and glorification of violence made the quality of the movie a little below average at the end of the day.

We start with Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) the hero working as a Secret Service agent to the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart). Banning is considering retirement to spend time with his family. Suddenly the British Prime Minister has died from a heart attack and it is up to Banning to protect the President at the funeral in London. Then all hell breaks loose. A series of attacks occur from several terrorists by destroying various British monuments and killing off various world leaders. It is then up to Banning to take care of the President while overcoming the terrorist organisation that is intent on taking over London.

This movie had lots of action scenes and most of them go for a long period of time. The amount of shooting is relentless to the point of mind-numbing and most of the action scenes are in the dark. The camera man was on top of his game, as he had to film an entire action scene in the dark with one continuous take. He had to be in focus and move swiftly in the dark, with smoking rubble and while climbing a window to get the right shot. Unfortunately, the actual scene was mediocre due to the film not building up any of the action scenes and for the fact that Mike Banning seems to beat the bad guys effortlessly.

What made London Has Fallen feel even tackier than the action scenes was the dialogue. The dramatic lines were spoken in a monotonously dry and dull tone. What was worse were the lines of dialogue said after action scenes. Here is a glowing example: Manning locks the President in a small room to protect him. Manning then gets held at gunpoint by one of the terrorists only for the President to barge through the door and shoot the terrorist dead. Manning then responds by saying “I was wondering when you were coming out of the closet”

London has fallen had the makings to be a good action film as it has good set designs and excellent cameramen. What London has Fallen doesn’t do is develop the story properly, develop good lines of dialogue and moderate the level of action sequences. I can compare my experience seeing London has Fallen to an experience at a restaurant. The restaurant has clean floors, great service and the knives and forks are squeaky-clean, however, the food was not tasty at all. *1/4

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