"Defending Civilization Against Terrorist Anarchy"
LONDON HAS FALLEN is a sequel to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, with a new story about a Secret Service agent protecting the American President from a large group of terrorists who stage a massive attack on London during the prime minister’s funeral. The new movie is not as good as the first movie, but the first movie is one of the best action thrillers ever made.
When the British Prime Minister unexpectedly dies, London stages a big funeral, which brings the American President and other world leaders to pay their respects. However, terrorists have infiltrated Britain’s security forces and police, organized by a Middle Eastern arms dealer who hates the West even more so after a drone attack destroyed his daughter’s wedding. The terrorists stage a massive attack. President Asher and Secret Service agent Mike Banning barely escape with the lives after the President helicopter crashes. Now, they must find their way back to safety while navigating London’s abandoned streets, which are filled with terrorists looking to capture the President. The arms dealer and his son want to murder the President on live TV.
It would be hard for any movie to live up to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, which is one of the best action thrillers since the original DIE HARD. Also, there was a bit more at stake in OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, where nothing less than the total destruction of the United States was at risk, even though the action in LONDON HAS FALLEN takes place on the world stage.
That said, LONDON HAS FALLEN is an exciting action thriller with a political background. The action is non-stop and riveting. As with OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, the new movie has a strong Pro-American bent, with at least one explicit plea of “God bless America.” Also, at one point in LONDON HAS FALLEN, the President character, played with gravitas by talented American actor Aaron Eckart, recites the presidential oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. In another scene, Gerard Butler’s character contrasts lead terrorist’s violent Arabic, Islamic way of life with that of America and the West in general. The American way of life and the West will stand for a thousand years, he says, while the terrorist’s way will die a violent death.
Both movies have a lot of extreme violence and strong foul language, with many “f” words and some profanities. Consequently, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for LONDON HAS FALLEN, as we did with the first movie.
(BB, PP, LLL, VVV, S, A, M) Strong moral, patriotic worldview with Pro-American and Pro-Western sentiments as Secret Service agent protects the President of the United States against violent terrorists, who stage massive attack on London after poisoning the British Prime Minister to bring world leaders to London for his funeral, at least one reference to God bless America, and President resists terrorist threats of torture and death and quotes his oath of office to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution; at least 52 obscenities (including many “f” words), five strong profanities and five light profanities; lots of strong and very strong action violence, including gunshots to the head, some blood spurting onto walls and other things after being shot, explosions, fiery explosions consume people trying to get out of the way, hero stabs some bad guys violently, extensive car chase scene with motorcycles include good guy shoots motorcycling henchman with gun pointed closely at his body when henchman tries to get into car, helicopters try to evade missiles but eventually fail, helicopters crash, character’s body has been struck by flying objects and is bleeding to death but is comforted by good guy, machine gun fire mows down people, man threatened with beheading by long sword, vicious hand to hand combat, etc.; no depicted sex but there’s a light allusion to possible sex between Italian prime minister and young woman, though nothing happens and it could be just some brief misdirection in the dialogue; no nudity; alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, kidnapping, betrayal, and terrorism with terrorists posing as police but rebuked.
LONDON HAS FALLEN is a sequel to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. When the British Prime Minister unexpectedly dies, the American President and other world leaders go to London to pay their respects. However, terrorists have infiltrated Britain’s security forces and police, organized by a Middle East arms dealer who wants revenge after a drone attack unintentionally killed his daughter. The terrorists stage a massive attack. President Asher and Secret Service agent Mike Banning barely escape when the President’s helicopter crashes. Now, they must find their way to safety while navigating London’s abandoned streets, which are filled with terrorists. The arms dealer and his son want to capture the President and murder him on live TV.
LONDON HAS FALLEN isn’t as exciting as OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, but OLYMPUS is one of the best action thrillers. That said, LONDON HAS FALLEN is still exciting and puts viewers on the edge of their seats. It has similar Pro-American, morally uplifting content, including positive references to God. Both movies contain lots of extreme violence and strong foul language. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for LONDON HAS FALLEN.