Number 1000!!! – Friday, October 28th - Larry H. publishes his one thousandth movie review 1997-2022
London Has Fallen
Released:  March 4, 2016

This is a sequel of sorts to the 2013 movie “Olympus Has Fallen.”  Almost the same cast, but in 2013, the bad guys attacked the White House; code name “Olympus.”  I reviewed Olympus and gave it an 82; see for details.  Some of those comments from 2013:  “Actually, Butler showed that he can carry an action-packed movie that is little more than a twist of “Die Hard.” 


That would be Gerard Butler who resurrects his character Agent Mike Banning in this updated, fast-paced, non-stop battle to once again protect U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) from vengeful terrorists.  In this version, the Prime Minister of Great Britain has suddenly died so many Heads of State come to London to attend the funeral and uh-oh.  Bombs start bursting in air.  Lots of bombs and bullets and London does not fall into the Thames River, but it takes a huge hit. 


Many dignitaries and innocent people die; did the bad guys get the President?  Did Super-Agent Mike Banning win the day and save the Leader of the Free World?


Was Butler’s Mike Banning as tough, ruthless, and funny as Agent Bryan Mills of the Taken trilogy?  Yes sir, and he’s as brutal and good with his fists and quick with a pistol.  Banning does not miss when his gun is pointed at a terrorist.   But does he save President Asher?  You know I can’t tell you that. 


This is a lavish action movie fueled with high octane shooting and shoving and Butler’s performance is worthy of his starring role and the money he’ll make on the back end as one of the Producers.  Having Morgan Freeman co-starring as the Vice President always lends credibility just having him show up.  In the 2013 “Fallen” movie, Freeman was the Speaker of the House; see how these things progress.


Attaboy for Director Babak Najafi, born in Tehran, Iran, in 1975, for never taking his foot off the pedal.  If you like this genre (see “Die Hard/Taken”), then you will not be bored as this story goes down alleys and around the curb with bad guys in pursuit forcing Banning to hang out the back door of a speeding car to shoot a terrorist on a motorcycle.  See “The Lone Ranger” and “Roy Rogers.”  Not a bad way to spend 99 minutes.  Rock ‘n Roll.

Grade 89.  Larry H.  

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