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London Has Fallen Review

London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen is now in theaters and stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Basset and Morgan Freeman. If you’ve seen the first one you pretty much know what you’re getting yourself into: London gets attacked by terrorists and Mike needs to protect the President of the United States once again. That’s it. And if you expected more than that, don’t go see this movie.

The set-up is pretty boring and it takes a while for the action to get going and the action is the only reason why you want to see this movie. The CGI is really terrible and it feels a lot like a Michael Bay movie. There are lot of explosions, shoot-outs, hand-to-hand combat and at a point you kind of get sick of it and a bit bored of seeing the same thing over and over. There are some fun action scenes throughout; however there are really some silly things that happen in this film. Gerard Butler is invincible and he can take out 80 guys without a scratch, which fine, you can suspend your disbelief but there’s also a chopper crash that happens and its just overkill. Which brings the line “Get to the chopper!” A complete rip-off of Predator and also “I’ll be back,” which rips off Terminator 2, two Arnold movies. They even had the balls to squeeze “It’s a trap!” in there, a direct quote spoken by Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi. Someone needs to get sued at this point.

Gerard Butler is fine in the main role. He’s been doing the same stiff over and over again lately, for sure, but he’s likeable and he’s got charisma. He’s sure of himself and talks crap back.

Aaron Eckhart is a bit dopy as the president, he doesn’t have much to do but he’s serviceable. He deserves so much more than this movie though.

Morgan Freeman looks like he doesn’t one to be here at all. He looks tired and this is one of his paycheck pictures. He doesn’t seem interested in the material that he is given and I don’t blame him. Angela Basset is also very underused and her character could have been removed from the film and it would have been no different.

The villains are fine. They’re cliché villains one hundred percent and they are somewhat menacing but the problem is that they have the exact same motivation of the first one.

The ending feels really rushed too. It’s like they had planned a third movie and the film did not fair well with critics so they decided to wrap it up really quickly. It feels rushed and out of place.

This movie is also completely forgettable. You’ll walk out of the theater, maybe discuss it with your friends and completely forget about it the next day. You won’t remember any of the character’s names or really any sort of character development. It’s entirely disposable.

Overall, London Has Fallen has a few entertaining action sequences and Gerard Butler is fine in the main role, but the film is bogged down by terrible CGI, a cliché plot and ends up to be completely forgettable as soon as you step out the theater.

Rating: C+



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