When the British Prime Minster dies unexpectedly, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) knows it is his duty to prep with Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) for them to accompany U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) to the state funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. With every powerful world leader set to attend, the funeral should be the most protected event on Earth. Yet within moments of arriving, heads of government are assassinated and London landmarks are attacked. Asher, Banning, and Jacobs are ambushed and retreat amidst a hail of gunfire and explosives. The devastated British capital goes into lockdown. Banning will stop at nothing to secure Asher’s safe return home.
Do you all remember those action films from the 80’s and 90’s that had lots of explosions and chaos and action? Well London Has Fallen is EXACTLY like that just with a bigger budget. That’s not a bad thing either. This film took me right back to my youth where I didn’t have to think too much to be entertained and it was so damn fun. I will throw it out now that I, by no means, think that this is a perfect film BUT it was good popcorn film. Butler has had a good amount of misses at the box office recently but he seemed like he was comfortable in this type of role which made for a much better movie watching experience. My one complaint about the film was that his character is a Secret Service agent and when it came time to save the President he began to spout off action hero one liners like nobodies business and being super comfortable with the way he spoke. The thing with that was that it ended up being rather insulting to the President himself when he said things like “It’s about time you came out of the closet” when he came out of hiding and other things of that nature. It just didn’t seem believable that an agent would talk like that to his “Boss” no matter what the situation was. Besides that, although this movie is rather predictable it was well put together and it did grab my attention so that’s a win in my book. If you’re looking for a flick to pass the time and that screams “Hell yes! America!” (even though it does take place overseas) then go grab London Has Fallen and sit back with a bowl of popcorn. 7/10
The Making of London Has Fallen – A pretty good feature that takes a look at all aspects of creating this film and getting it on the big screen.
Guns, Knives & Explosives – This feature shows how the crew was able to create some of this biggest action sequences of the film.