London Has Fallen
by Tony Medley
Runtime 98 minutes
Not for children.
Olympus Has Fallen was moderately entertaining, it only ranks 3,106
on the all-time domestic gross list at just under $100 million. Even so,
it apparently rates a sequel, and this is it.
Returning with the
same cast, Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett,
Radha Mitchell, etc. the producers went through several writers and
still couldn’t come up with a script that wasn’t filled with hackneyed
dialogue that had my audience of critics rolling in the aisles, and they
weren’t laughing with the movie, they were laughing at it. (Spoiler
alert) Here are examples of some of the lines:
Asher (Eckhart) and his personal Secret Service Agent, Mike Banning
(Butler) barely escape a horrifying attack on a funeral in London
that claimed the lives of lots of heads of state and are flying away
in a helicopter, Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs (Bassett)
seriously intones as if revealing a secret not apparent to anyone
else, “That was a trap.”
When Mike stabs a
terrorist to death, Asher inquires, “Was that really necessary?”
When Mike drinks
a bottle of water, “I’m thirsty as F---,” apparently a homage to
vulgarian Judd Apatow.
When Asher is
captured and facing decapitation by his captor, the captor hears
some fighting and says, “What was that?” Asher says, “That was the
sound of inevitability.”
When the bad guys
keep anticipating the good guys’ every move, MI6 Agent Jacqueline
Marshall (Charlotte Riley) says, in the only line she uttered I
could understand, “There’s got to be someone on the inside!”
When some armed
guys surround the house where Asher and Mike are hiding, they are
pulled up on a TV screen on security cameras. Mike asks Jacqueline
to zoom in and he deduces that they are the bad guys because, “They
are not sweating.”
I’m just scratching
the surface here. One would hope that these were intentionally inserted
by the writers as comic relief to the tension, but, alas, they were all
uttered in complete seriousness.
But that’s not all
there is to criticize. To start off with, the filmmakers begin the story
with the U.S. drone bombing the wedding of an arms dealer (not a
Jihadist) in which lots of innocent people are killed. This is to set
the stage for the revenge attack that’s the subject of the movie. This
is typical leftwing Hollywood, as if Islamic militants beheading
Christian “infidels” and crucifying children isn’t enough to make them
the enemy and the bad guys attacking London to take over the world.
Hollywood has to give them a different reason and ensure that they
aren’t Islamic Jihadists. Hollywood doesn’t have the guts to take on
Islamic terrorists directly.
I’ve said this
before, but it bears repeating. During WWII Hollywood movies clearly
designated Nazis and Japanese as the enemy. Today they cower from
designating our true enemy, Islamic terrorists.
True to the
filmmakers political POV, when they show a TV announcer, it’s virulent
leftwing extremist ideologue Lawrence O’Donnell bringing the news to the
world (uncredited, incidentally). Having a guy like this just spits in
the face of innocent filmgoers who don’t want to be constantly bombarded
with a partisan domestic political agenda.
Also, this is yet
another film with automatic rifles that shoot thousands of bullets
without needing reloading and only hit the bad guys. Although I wasn’t
counting, Mike successfully avoids at least 500,000 rounds aimed at him
during the course of the movie. But when he shoots, people at whom he
isn’t even aiming fall over dead.
On the positive side
the attack on London has wonderful special effects that could have been
worth the price of admission had the rest of the movie had anything to