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.
Casting Gerard Butler in the Bruce Willis role of maverick terrorist-foiling lone lawman, 2011’s Olympus Has Fallen (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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