There’s a moment about halfway through London Has Fallen when Gerard Butler’s gruff Secret Service bodyguard advises the bad guys to “go back to Fuckheadistan”. It’s hard to decide what’s more depressing – that it took four screenwriters to produce that cutting jibe, or that some people in the audience might genuinely laugh at it.
In theory there’s nothing wrong with a patriotic blockbuster – look at the silliness of San Andreas, or most of Michael Bay’s oeuvre. But the underlying nastiness here (aimed mostly at Arabs) makes it feel like cheap propaganda; a comparison not helped by shockingly shoddy special effects.
If Olympus Has Fallen was “Die Hard in the White House”, then its sequel is “Die Hard as imagined by the diseased mind of a deranged Donald Trump supporter”. Avoid.
CAST: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Alon Aboutboul, Waleed Zuaiter, Morgan Freeman
DIRECTOR: Babak Najafi
WRITERS: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast, Chad St. John
SYNOPSIS: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning (Butler) discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.