London Has Fallen (2016) Review
Mike Banning is back in action as he accompanies the President to London to attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Everything is not as it first seems . . .
In all honesty I could not really remember a massive amount about Olympus Has Fallen although reading the review I actually quite enjoyed it. Which I guess surprised me as I wasn’t massively looking forward to seeing this film, it just looked like it was going to be a standard action film.
The thing is that part I was right about it was just an action film that had plenty (maybe too many gun shots throughout). I do like Butler and Eckhart and they work very well playing off each other. If you needed anyone to be your bodyguard in a situation where world leaders were being killed one by one then Banning is certainly your man!
The biggest problem has to be the plot as it is nothing new in terms of terrorists and we have seen it many times before in other films. The key person being in a total different country thousands of miles away. But I will admit that parts of it are pretty scary in terms of having them dress as the Met Police and all of the incredible landmarks exploding. Especially with some world events which have occurred in the past and even recently, yes I am aware it is a film but somethings are difficult to watch.
It does attempt to shock with a twist and a mole within the British government but I thought it was very easy to spot who it was, that could have really been much more edge of the seat with more people looking suspicious.
If you enjoy action films with plenty of explosions, gun fights, car chases, helicopter scenes and more then this will certainly be the perfect film for you. Unfortunately for me it just was lacking and missing quite a few things. With that being said it is still not the worst film in this genre I have seen, I am not advising that you rush out to see it at the cinema though either.
The CGI scenes are very fake and could have been put together in a much better way. As I mentioned earlier though Butler and Eckhart really do make the film work along with Freeman (although very underused). The actors really do make a great effort in the characters you can tell they enjoy playing. So I think this film is a little bit hit miss in terms of the plot not being massively strong but then the leading actors putting in good performances.