Movie: London Has Fallen
Rating: 2 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: The British Prime Minister keels over and dies rather unexpectedly, at a relatively young age, and many of the world leaders decide they need to show up at his funeral. This includes U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), who barely survived that little dust-up at the White House, and his favorite Secret Service protection detail agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) to ensure his safety. Banning is a little reluctant to make the trip, as his wife Leah (Radha Mitchell) is about to have their baby, but Mike Banning is a loyal dude who is duty bound to protect the President, so off to London he goes.
Really there should be no security problems in London. After all, with all of those world leaders gathered in one place, every security precaution and every policeman and federal agent is on high alert and armed to the teeth. What could go wrong? Well, as it turns out, the United States dropped a smart bomb on a wedding party for Aamir Barkawi’s (Alon Aboutboul) daughter a few years ago, and he is pretty pissed about it. So all those world leaders in London are about to feel the wrath of this Middle Eastern arms merchant.
Movie goers who crave lots of action, violence and things that go BOOM during a movie will no doubt enjoy this film. To this reviewer, the premise is too far fetched to believe, in that a couple of terrorist baddies can infiltrate every security system and totally stymie all the world’s best security forces at every turn. Totally unrealistic on so many levels. But it makes money, so no doubt we will keep seeing more of these movies: Paris Has Fallen, Buffalo Has Fallen and so on. One would think President Asher would learn to stay home from now on.