Posted by: greercn | March 13, 2016

London Has Fallen

Gerard Butler fires and reloads a lot of guns. He runs a lot. You or I would look a bit concerned, but Gerard just looks cool.

This movie is exactly what you would expect it to be. Is “Olympus Has Fallen” one of your guilty pleasures? Yes, me too.

And this follows as logically as any preposterous sequel might.

Plot? You want plot?

Presidential bodyguard Gerard and his best buddy, the President (Aaron Eckhart, hamming it up and being adorably worth protecting) fly off to London, England for a funeral. Lots of London landmarks get blown up. World leaders die.

Will President Aaron survive? Will Gerard save him? Oh, come on, did you even ask the question? Gerard has a “Bruce Willis and I are both invincible” clause written into every contract.

The marvellous Radha Mitchell, Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman are almost thrown away, although they have moments. Charlotte Riley and Melissa Leo fare a little better. Alon Aboutboul is the main bad guy.

But this isn’t about the smaller parts. It’s about the two leads. And it’s a big action movie with everything here getting blown up, driven and shot at.

It all takes a while to get going. You get back stories.

So many Bulgarian and British companies did CGI and 3D work that I gave up counting them up, during the end credits. Thousands of Bulgarians were employed to help create this. Bless their hearts.

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this. The Stratford East Picturehouse was full of people who wanted a restful holiday from their brains, as did we.

If you like big action films with few brain cells required, this is for you. It’s not clever or innovative. It’s just enormous fun to watch the big action sequences.

And I respect how many people were employed in blowing up the digitally-recreated London.


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