London Has Fallen (2016) – Encore Review


“[about the President’s bad driving] The car is bullet proof, not politician proof.”- Mike Banning

Number of Times Seen – 2 (12 Apr 2016 and 1 Nov 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – While attending a state funeral in London, a terrorist and his men set a plan in play to kill all of the world leaders in attendance.

My Take on it – This is a fun action thriller sequel that like most film that continue previous stories fails to be as good as its predecessor no matter how good they are.

This is a case where they probably should have stopped the story after the first film and left it as a stand alone.

When compared to the first film, this movie doesn’t stand up as well but that probably has a lot to do with the scope chosen for this film.

Gerard Butler is a great action hero, but he works much better on a smaller scale and taking him out of a building and placing him in a foreign city takes its toll on the story.

The overall story and premise are quite good, but the amount of plot holes in this story are too high to even count and they take away from the enjoyment of this film because there are too many element that make no sense and cause the plausibility level of things to be lowered.

Great seeing Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman return for this sequel, but both of their characters are also taken out of their element which also hurts things too much.

Bottom Line – Fun action film that probably shouldn’t have been made because it doesn’t come close to being as good as the original film. Butler is once again great in this role, but he seems too much out of his element when taken to a city scale story instead of just a building. The overall storyline is good, but like its predecessor is filled with too many plot holes that don’t make enough sense and lower the plausibility level. Nice seeing both Eckhart and Freeman return even if Butler remains the star of it all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Due to scheduling conflicts, Morgan Freeman and Gerard Butler don’t appear in the same scene together in person. The scene in the hallway at the White House uses body doubles, and doesn’t show faces. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10) (downgraded from original review)

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