London Has Fallen an action thriller

Saturday March 12, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment
Gerard Butler as Mike Banning and Aaron Eckhart as President Benjamin Asher during a scene in London Has Fallen which is screening at the Empire Cinema. 16031166 Gerard Butler as Mike Banning and Aaron Eckhart as President Benjamin Asher during a scene in London Has Fallen which is screening at the Empire Cinema. 16031166

Olympus and London Has Fallen already, so the question is, what will fall next?

 

The American action thriller franchise, which has released its second movie in what looks set to become a long running series sparkles again with some heavy graphics and brutal gunfight scenes.

The sequel to 2013 hit Olympus Has Fallen is a decent follow-up, rotating around terrorist versus US (It always has to be the US).

In London Has Fallen, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), who is expecting a child with his wife Leah (Radha Mitchell) is thinking about resigning after years of service to US President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) as his chief bodyguard.

But just before he plans to tender his resignation, Mike is called into the White House to discuss Benjamin’s trip to London to pay homage to the late British prime minister.

The funeral is expected to attract a huge gathering of world’s most powerful leaders.

But terrorists unleash a devastating attack that leaves London in chaos and ruins, killing several world leaders along the way.

The extremists are led by terrorist mastermind Aamir Barkawi (Alon Moni Aboutboul) and their prime target is Benjamin. So Mike goes all out to ensure he is returned safety to his homeland.

The concept that worked wonders for the filmmakers in Olympus Has Fallen is not compromised in London Has Fallen.

The prequel had highly trained terrorists launching a daytime attack on the White House.

In the first installment, President Benjamin and his staff are taken hostage and it’s the former presidential security officer Mike, who saves the day for the Land of the Free.

Mike is promoted to Benjamin’s main man in security after the heroic act in Olympus Has Fallen and he continues to do what he does best when it comes to protecting his chief.

Iranian-Swedish director Babak Najafi, who makes his debut in Hollywood with London Has Fallen, has propped the story of the film on the violent action which features heavily in the 99-minute cinematic journey.

Some bone-crunching fights and flashing gunshots are enough to whet the appetite of any action lover but what London Has Fallen fails to do is fulfil the desire that these sequences ignite.

London Has Fallen is like a meal with a succulent starter and a delightful dessert, but an overcooked main.

For who are after some light island-style humour this weekend, I hear the Three Wise Cousins are serving just that at the Empire Cinema.

See you at the movies.

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