The main thing I got out of this movie is that Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning likes to stab people. A lot.
London Has Fallen is a sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen and features Mike Banning (Butler) saving President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) from yet another terrorist attack. Lots of nonsensical action ensues and we have our movie.
This movie was exactly what I wanted it to be. Was it good? Not really. But it was a ton of fun. Gerard Butler is great as the lead and his back and forth with Eckhart was usually witty and entertaining. A lot of the one liners and humor really hit and I found them funny. Morgan Freeman is in the movie just to say some cool things, which honestly is fine with me. The plot doesn’t make a lick of sense, but the movie makes up for it with some great action scenes. Some of them are actually really well done. There’s a few that have some nice tracking shots where the camera stays on our hero while stuff is going down. I always prefer that over a bunch of shaky-cam and quick cuts. The violence is a bit brutal at times, but no more than most action films.
Like I said though, the movie overall isn’t great. The plot doesn’t make any sense, as I mentioned, and it takes way too long to get going. The first 30 minutes are pretty slow and boring and definitely could have been condensed. The CGI looks lazy and downright bad in a couple scenes. Our heroes survive clearly unsurvivable situations a few too many times. The movie is full of cheesy one liners and pretty bad dialogue that I found funny for the most part, but not everyone will. This sequel also makes the main character seem like a bit of a psychopath at times, more so than in the first movie. It feels a little out of place several times during the movie.
If you enjoyed Olympus Has Fallen, you’ll probably enjoy this one too, if you go into it knowing what to expect. It’s a throwback to ’80s and ’90s action movies, which I’ll never complain about. We need more of them in my opinion. The movie takes a while to get going, but once it does it’s a lot of fun. You can have a good time with it if you don’t take it too seriously. It isn’t as good as the first one, but I’ll still get London Has Fallen to a 3/5 (Comparison Score- Olympus Has Fallen 3.75/5).