By: The Cinema Drunkie
So every year on my birthday, I go to the movies. It’s my own personal tradition. And March 31, 2016 was no different. I had a choice of 3 movies to see that day: Batman v. Superman in IMAX 3D, Deadpool, or London Has Fallen. I chose London Has Fallen. Why that one? Well for starters, I was a huge fan of the first one, I had already seen BvS (the standard version though, which is why the IMAX 3D version was a choice) and I figured I had enough time to see Deadpool, since it was making a killing at the box office and would be in theaters for a while.
I never did get to see Deadpool in theaters. But you know something? I do not regret my decision… because London Has Fallen was AWESOME!!!
London Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler as SuperMegaUltra Secret Service badass Mike Banning, who once again must save the president, played once again by Aaron Eckhart, from terrorists after they launch a surprise attack against him and other world leaders who were in town to attend the funeral of the prime minister of london.
I have a 2 top 10 all time favorite movies list. One for movies I grew up on, and the other for more recent stuff that I’ve seen and loved. And I must say, London Has Fallen is definitely top 5 on the second list, because I loved this movie so much! I definitely feel that if LHF had come out during the 80s or 90s, it would’ve went on the first list. Maybe it still could, because it encapsulates that old school action movie feel even better than the first one did.
Like this truly felt like a 90’s version of an 80’s action flick. Like it was a script developed for Chuck Norris by The Cannon Group in 1985 but wasn’t made until 1996 by Nu Image (funny enough statement, because it actually was made by Nu Image, under their more prestige label Millennium Films) and it had Mark Roper as director and starred Bryan Genesse as Banning and Roy Scheider as the president. Damn. Now that I mention it, I kinda wish they had actually made that version. But no biggie, because LHF is fine just the way it is!
If I must be perfectly honest, the action scenes weren’t genre revitalizing like John Wick, but they were well staged, and executed competently, and that’s all I ask for. So salute to new director Babak Najafi for keeping things fast paced, explosive, and highly entertaining. Shame Antoine Fuqua was unable to return, but Najafi handles things very well. Especially when it comes to showcasing Banning’s badassery. Seriously, Banning kicks sooo much ass in here. I believe the character of Mike Banning deserves a place among new age badass action heroes like John Wick and Robert McCall.
As for the supporting cast, Eckhart got to do a lot more than he did in the first one, which was awesome. He basically became Banning’s sidekick, where even got to do some badass stuff himself. Fighting, shooting guns, killing bad guys. The norm. While Harrison Ford remains the most badass movie president ever, Eckhart comes a very close second. And Freeman is very good as usual, but that should go without saying at this point. The man can read PB&J ingredients and make it compelling.
Angela Bassett returns from the first one as well as Melissa Leo, but both are kinda wasted, which leads me to my nitpicks. There was that, plus the CGI did leave a lot to be desired. Now, I’m not expert, but If you’re gonna have sequences that are wholly dependent on the realism of your CGI, you might want to spend a bit more to get better VFX guys. Just saying.
Also, Banning has a moment where he was actually so badass, he became stupid. Like *SPOILERS* he loses the president toward the end, and is trying to extract info from a bad guy about his whereabouts, so he stabs him… repeatedly. Banning, how are you supposed to get information from a guy when you’re stabbing him to death?? *END SPOILERS* And speaking of stabbings, there was noticeably less head stabbings in this than the first one. Damnit I want all the head stabbings! Honestly I wouldn’t mind another Has Fallen where Banning stabs all the bad guys in the head. You can call it ” A Knife Has Fallen… Into The Brain.” I’d pay rent money for that.
But other than that, I kiss the ground this movie walks on! It was one of the best birthday movies I’ve ever seen, and I wholeheartedly wish they will continue this series until at least part 5. Give us more Banning!!
About The Aurthor: With his mind utterly intoxicated off of a steady stream of movies, comics and cartoons, a young boy from Brooklyn, New York grew up to become the man known as… THE CINEMA DRUNKIE!!! https://thecinemadrunkie.wordpress.com/