Sometimes we watch a movie because we need some mindless entertainment for a certain period of time. It doesn’t happen all of the time, but let’s face it, we all do it. Sometimes you just have to escape reality and you just don’t feel like thinking about anything. That is when you turn to a movie like London Has Fallen. Not to say that there is anything wrong with it and there is no offense meant by that statement.
We open up to terrorist attacks that have happened around the world at the hands of Aamir Barkawi (Alon Aboutboul). The first scenes are going to add the fuel to the fire that you will see later on in the movie. Fast forward two years and we see Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) married with a kid on the way. We get a quick view of the nursery and the 6 (yes, 6) baby cameras that Banning has had installed around the kids room. We also get a glimpse into his thoughts for the future as he is writing his resignation letter from the Secret Service that he will give to President Asher (Aaron Eckhart). He’s going to settle down and take care of his family. Then comes the game changer.
The British Prime Minister dies of a heart attack (or does he?). That will start a chain of events that will forever change the world as we know it. All of the world leaders begin gathering in London to attend the Prime Minister’s funeral. The one that is absent is the Russian president (of course). I won’t get into politics here. I promise. It turns out to be the most protected event in the world. That is until the bombs start going off. One after another across the city, explosions can be seen and heard. As the explosions and the gun fire are going off, Banning is saving the president from certain death around each corner.
Like I said in the title, this one is borderline ridiculous and pretty predictable. If you have watched any terrorist film or television series, you know that there will be a mole. This is not a spoiler people. A mole is pretty much built into a fictional terrorist story and the rest of the story is told around it. Just as my good friend Scott said in his review of Olympus Has Fallen, the body count in this film surely reaches the hundreds and it is overflowing with so much bombastic, over the top violence that every male film-goer aged 18-30 will devour the video game-like atmosphere that this “Die Hard in the White House (London)” brings to the screen.
Nothing that you see in London Has Fallen will be new to you. It does have the entertainment value going for it, although you don’t need any real acting in a movie like this. Everyone does their job including Morgan Freeman’s voice. It is still weird seeing Two-Face as the President of The United States, but I won’t get that picky. If you are looking to see something of substance this weekend, this is not the one for you. If you are looking for something that will entertain you and that you don’t have to think about, then look no further.