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London Has Fallen | DVD review - Gerard Butler saves the day (but not the capital's real estate)

London Has Fallen Gerard Butler Aaron Eckhart
London Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart (Image credit: David Appleby)

The mayhem moves to London, along with Gerard Butler's gung-ho US secret service agent, but this action thriller sequel is even more jingoistic and dumb than its predecessor.

London Has Fallen Gerard Butler Aaron Eckhart

Casting Gerard Butler in the Bruce Willis role of maverick terrorist-foiling lone lawman, 2011’s Olympus Has Fallen was a brazen Die Hard in the White House knockoff, but its mix of gung-ho action and cheesy special effects proved a guilty pleasure treat.

The effects are cheesier and the pleasures guiltier in sequel London Has Fallen, which finds Butler’s US secret service agent Mike Banning saving the day, again, when a dastardly Asian terrorist targets world leaders – including Aaron Eckhart’s US President – gathered in the British capital.

Dropping more F-bombs than the film has explosions, Butler’s macho hero dashes hither and thither across the capital (the film’s grasp of geography is somewhat hazy), his exploits even more ostentatiously dumb and jingoistic than before. Even so, viewers may get a perverse kick from seeing a bunch of London landmarks blown to smithereens, although sadly not the Shard nor Walkie Talkie.


Certificate 15. Runtime 99 mins. Director Babak Najifi

London Has Fallen is available on Digital HD and is released on Blu-ray & DVD on 18th July, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.