London Has Fallen: Film Review – Action, Bollywood-style

Verdict: A film that’s high on action, low on plot.

There very few scenes in London Has Fallen that do not involve gun shots, fist fights or stabbing. The film, a sequel of sorts to the 2013-hit Olympus Has Fallen, barely gives you a breather from the action-packed scenes. While the first installment had the White House under attack, the action shifts to London in the latest film. 

Prominent world leaders head to London for the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Upon arrival, they are attacked by terrorists, who within no time, take over the entire city. Disguising as police officers, the terrorists manage to kill some of the top dignitaries, and now it’s up to Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) to protect President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). While the POTUS and his most-trusted man search for escape routes, the US Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) is busy negotiating with the leader of the terrorist group.

Butler, Eckhart and Freeman reprise their roles from Olympus Has Fallen. While Morgan Freeman is wasted in a role that reduces him to a mere observer of the deadly attacks, Eckhart and Butler enjoy most of the screen time. Eckhart, known to be a fantastic actor does not disappoint. Gerard Butler looks the part and is fantastic. He plays a Bollywood-esque hero who can single-handedly bring down more than a hundred terrorists. He gets the action sequences right, and also mouths some cool dialogues with style.

The plot or lack of it is what bring down this film. Post the attacks, the film has nothing to offer. It’s just a cat and mouse chase between the good guys and the bad, and well, you know how such films end. On the positive side, the action sequences are well-filmed and will keep you at the edge-of-your -seat. The runtime also works in the movie’s favor, making it a decent one-time watch.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:  

London Has Fallen is one of those mindless action films that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Don’t look for logic here and simply enjoy ninety minutes of high octane action.

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