WARNING: SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW
Synopsis: In the follow up to the surprise 2013 hit Olympus Has Fallen, the sequel finds Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) and President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) the targets of assassination while in London for the Prime Minister’s funeral.
Review: Action sequels are always hard to grade, especially when you have to believe the extravagant peril the President finds himself in each film. No one predicted that Olympus Has Fallen would do as well as it did in the box office – especially with the Roland Emmerich film White House Down opening only a few months later. However, Fallen had a bigger return on a smaller budget, and was favored better by audiences as well.
In London Has Fallen, the British Prime Minister has unexpectedly died, and 40 heads of state head to London for the funeral. Banning’s wife (Radha Mitchell) is expecting her and Mike’s baby to be due any day now, with the funeral coming at a horrible time. Because of the upcoming birth of his child, Mike also has been in the midst of writing his letter of resignation to the President.
Once they arrive to London, everyone realizes they were set up. President Asher is the target of revenge from Aamir Barkawi (Alon Moni Aboutboul), as Asher approved a bombing that killed Barkawi’s daughter years ago. Barkawi’s men will stop at nothing to take down Asher, and anyone else who gets in their way.
Like Olympus, the special effects in London Has Fallen aren’t the greatest. But the action is over the top fun with explosions that rival some of the better Die Hard films. Butler is a good action star, and hopefully this could turn into a franchise or launch him into the action star he deserves to be.
The other characters including Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), Ruth McMillan (Melissa Leo), and US Army General Edward Clegg (Robert Forster) didn’t have as much to do this time around, but Trumbull was able to throw in a few good one liners. There are a few new MI-6 and British Intelligence agents that they introduce, but they don’t add much to the film either.
Unlike the first film, this one infuses a bit more humor like most action films as of late have been doing. Both President Asher and Banning throw a few funny lines in the film that are a nice break in between breaking of necks and arms.
While London Has Fallen won’t be nominated for any Oscars – especially special effects, the film is an hour and a half of fun, senseless action that will not disappoint for anyone needing a break from their third or fourth viewing of Deadpool.
Final Grade: 7.5/10