Film Review: London Has Fallen


London Has Fallen, directed by Babak Nahafi, is a 2015 American action, thriller film, and is a sequel to 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen.

Starring the likes of Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman, the follow-up brought an extremely anticipated fight to the UK.

However, did the film live up to it’s expectations?

The film starts with arms dealer Aamir Barkwai (played by Alon Aboutboul) being discovered as the mastermind behind several terrorist attacks in Europe and around the world. Shortly after, the Western Intelligence Services locate his compound and the United States launch a drone strike which supposedly kills Barkawi along with his family.

The film then cuts to two years later, where President of the United States Benjamin Asher (played by Aaron Eckhart) and his top Secret Service agent Mike Banning (played by Gerard Butler) learn that the British Prime Minster has died and are planning to travel to London to join many other prominent world leaders for the state funeral.

Unknown to all, in Yemen, Barkawi is still alive and has been plotting revenge since the day of the drone strike.

As all the leaders are arriving at the funeral, mercenaries under Barkawi’s command initiate an attack, killing five of the world’s most powerful leaders. But it does not stop there – Barkawi is calling for the President’s head. It’s a fight to the death for Mike Banning to ensure the President is kept safe, and more importantly, alive.

The film was released on the 3rd March 2016, but may not have lived up to the expectation that was anticipated – as Zootopia receives the top spot on the opening weekend.

In addition, media critics have blasted the film with Metacritic rating the thriller 28/100 and Rotten Tomatoes stating “London Has Fallen traps a talented cast – and all who dare to see it – in a mid 1990s basic cable nightmare of a film loaded with xenophobia and threadbare action-thriller clichés.”

On the other hand, many viewers have taken to Twitter to announce their delight at how excellent and action packed the movie was from start to finish.

The mixed reviews could be seen as a result of some of the un-pc moments included within the film where a drone wipes out innocent friends and family of a dangerous arms dealer, or due to the uncomfortable amount of “Islamaphobia” and potential glamorising of terrorism.

However, if you are after a great action film with incredible special effects, spectacular stunts and a great cast, then London Has Fallen is a great watch.

Film: London Has Fallen: 

Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman

Directed By: Babak Nahafi

Screen Play: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Chad St. John, Christian Gudegast

Distributed By: Focus Features, Gramercy Pictures, Lionsgate Films

Release Date: 3rd March 2016

Rating: 7/10