So, London has Fallen is mainly about a man who's 6th on the 10 Most Wanted List. Amir Zarkawi. Years back during a sting out operation at a festival which the Americans were in charge of, it didn't kill Zarkawi but it killed many others including his wife and daughter. Ooh. Watch out. Domino effect in session. Two years later, the British Prime Minister has passed away and many of the world leaders are called into London for a funeral, and Mike Banning is back on the president's protection detail for it. Meanwhile, back at home his wife Lea is having a baby, so if something goes wrong, Mike has more than his honour like he did in the previous film to fight for.
Now, I'll say open-minded that I knew I was going to be entertained by this movie. What I didn't expect was how two-sided it was. Olympus has Fallen had a villain that just wanted to restart a civil war despite his sayings about starving women and children, this time it's a bad guy out for revenge, just like Bin Laden was for the Twin Towers. While I obviously hate with a passion the terrorists behind 9/11, here you can't help but say there's some relatibility here. It's human nature to want someone who hurt and killed your family, especially your children, punished, and punished on your terms. Therefore in some terms, the villain isn't as good here. It's more layered than the previous one and makes it so you shouldn't really mind who wins. What helped the movie here was a surprising character death I never saw coming and I think I shed a tear over.
Now for the action. I got to say, this movie's action scenes are just as fun as last time, and this time they have a Home Alone 2 feel to them, in Gerard Butler is a bit more violent with his gun this time around. In the takeover scene you know will happen, you don't know how it will end up, and it chose the way of takeover I never saw coming. Mostly with Gerard Butler at the helm of it all, the movie's action scenes try really hard to impress and entertain you and each one did for me, especially this very long two-minute running scene that not only has fascinating if cheesy choreography but shows that not one character in this movie, except okay Mike Banning, is bulletproof. The movie is mostly only action, so surprisingly the writers put in a welcome enough bottle of humour that made the audience and I giggle in the worst of times. It's hard to remember many jokes currently because the gravity of the plot kept me hooked on that. I'll gladly watch it again to retake some notes. One thing you should know when you see this movie is its first minute looks glitchy. It's purposefully glitchy but some people like myself may worry and think it's broken but it isn't. Neither is the sequel I've been waiting a year for.
Essentially, London has Fallen is a giant spider web of a movie. It understands terrorism because it understands tragedy, you understand and are engulfed in a shut-down city where terrorists could leap from any corner, and to get out of the tangle the characters don't know which way is the safest way down so they choose them all.