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London Has Fallen
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06.29.2016 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Babak Najafi

Actors:
Gerard Butler
Aaron Eckhart
Morgan Freeman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Olympus Has Fallen wasn't exactly Die Hard, but it was a fun romp with Gerard Butler taking out bad guys in all of its R-rated glory. That film proved to be a modest success so here we are with its sequel, London Has Fallen. The synopsis above is really all you need, as the first act sets up the inevitable and the remainder of the film is spent with Banning protecting the president (Aaron Eckhart) from literally hundreds of terrorists. Now that we have the story out of the way, I'm going to tell you why this film is a steaming pile of shit.

The first thing you'll notice about London is that the special effects suck. I mean, REALLY suck. CG explosions and bullet wounds are on par with what you'd expect from a TV show. They render any of the proceedings laughable when they pop up (and they often do). Not helping matters are the characters themselves. They're lifeless, dull, and forced. There's no real camaraderie between Banning and the president, which is a real shame because they're our duo for the bulk of the movie. Gerard Butler's character is given some seriously horrible one-liners in an effort to make him the "everyman", but it fails hard. Hell, I'd even argue that the script pushes his character to be downright distasteful. Note to the writers: torturing a henchman so his boss can hear him scream is not badass, it's just disgusting. Morgan Freeman is also here to sit at a table and collect a paycheck, but to bring up any more actors would be a disservice to their names.

Despite all of the other facets of this film that suck, the main offender here is the action. When you make an action film, the action has GOT to work. It has to be thrilling, compelling or different enough to make the audience take notice - to give the movie a reason to exist. Director Babak Najafi was simply not the right choice to make this film. Aside from an extended street shootout that kicks off the third act, the action goes through all the beats you'd expect and doesn't bother to have any fun with it. It's noise and bad choreography. It's not action. It's a mess. An action film with no action serves no purpose, which is exactly what London Has Fallen accomplishes; nothing.
THE EXTRAS
As much as I didn't like the movie, you may be surprised to know that I think the special features are worth a look! Read on to see why!

The Making of London Has Fallen (13:16): By all accounts, I wasn't expecting much from the supplementary section of this Blu-ray, but this featurette delivers EXACTLY the kind of behind-the-scenes video you'd want to see from a movie like this. It's short, to the point, and covers the interesting aspects, like not shooting in London and how they shot some of that extended street shootout. Hell, I'd say this is even more enjoyable than the film!

Guns, Knives and Explosives (7:42): This featurette is more of an extension of the previous one, including interview bits with the cast and crew on how they're trying to craft a bigger and better sequel. They failed miserably, of course, but at least they sound pretty optimistic about it!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There are great action films, and then there are action films so bad that they're entertaining (in all the wrong ways) and then there's London Has Fallen. Here's an action movie that's just offensively bad for not even trying. It's a f*cking chore to sit through, so avoid at all costs unless you need a reminder on the kind of shit a studio will waste $60 million on.
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2:49PM on 06/29/2016

Red is for the review, not the movie

This review couldn't be more off, this was a great action flick with Butler doing exactly what he did in the first film. This felt like a great episode of 24 with Butler as Jack. As for the effects, well, some of the explosions weren't the best they could be, but I wouldn't single them out as awful, and I'm not sure what movie the reviewer was watching, but to say there was no chemistry between Banning and the President is as ridiculous as it is false, they're chemistry was bang on. Great
This review couldn't be more off, this was a great action flick with Butler doing exactly what he did in the first film. This felt like a great episode of 24 with Butler as Jack. As for the effects, well, some of the explosions weren't the best they could be, but I wouldn't single them out as awful, and I'm not sure what movie the reviewer was watching, but to say there was no chemistry between Banning and the President is as ridiculous as it is false, they're chemistry was bang on. Great action flick, hands down.
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12:31PM on 06/29/2016

What a wuss the reviewer is

Who's the pussy who reviewed this movie? "OOO the violence is so bad and disgusting, OMG" is all I read from the reviewer. Action fans take note, (especially the action films of the past like The Arnies, The Chuck Norrises, The Van Dammes, etc.), London Has Fallen is a great action film. The effects don't suck, they are serviceable and get the job done, the action is exciting, and the ending scene is a long, unbroken action sequence in the vein of the great action films from Asia (think John
Who's the pussy who reviewed this movie? "OOO the violence is so bad and disgusting, OMG" is all I read from the reviewer. Action fans take note, (especially the action films of the past like The Arnies, The Chuck Norrises, The Van Dammes, etc.), London Has Fallen is a great action film. The effects don't suck, they are serviceable and get the job done, the action is exciting, and the ending scene is a long, unbroken action sequence in the vein of the great action films from Asia (think John Woo). It's a fun romp for the badass in you. It's not subtle or particularly smart but it's fun and cathartic nonetheless.
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11:29AM on 06/29/2016

You sound miserable...

If someone liked the first movie, they will like this one. Plain and simple. Torturing someone to intimidate someone else has been done in a ton of movies, but I guess since you hate this movie with such a passion, it is despicable here... By no means is this movie great, but it was as fun as the last one. Maybe this guy just had a really shitty day and then got assigned to this review.
If someone liked the first movie, they will like this one. Plain and simple. Torturing someone to intimidate someone else has been done in a ton of movies, but I guess since you hate this movie with such a passion, it is despicable here... By no means is this movie great, but it was as fun as the last one. Maybe this guy just had a really shitty day and then got assigned to this review.
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