London Has Fallen


This sequel starts off with a nod to drone warfare as the nexus of ongoing issues. But unlike Eye in the Sky or Good Kill, it is matter-of-fact and rather cold about the decision process. That could be a solid way to start this story, but it quickly devolves into some impressive action and a complete lack of credibility and brutal violence.

Part of the failure of this movie at the box office was that they completely misunderstood the growing sensibility in the world of the horror of violence. In fact, the most disturbing aspect of this sequel was the absolute glorification of that violence. More than once Gerard Butler’s (Gods of Egypt) character viciously kills someone, and once even remarks specifically that it wasn’t necessary. Aaron Eckhart’s (I, Frankenstein) return as president is passable. He has grown the character such that he is used to such situations and can not only respond to them, but can believably trust Butler without hesitation. But all that work is lost amid the bullet spray and bombs.

Given that the script was from the same writer as the original, Rothenberger, I was a bit disappointed. One of the best aspects  of Olympus has Fallen was that it stayed just the right side of credibility. It was still over-the-top, but it felt almost possible. This script violates so many basic truths of the world and how diplomatic events run that it makes a better drinking game than a film. Honestly, skip it. If you just want carnage, check out The Raid (or its sequel). At least those movies have no aspirations beyond the fights. 

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