London Has Fallen Review – An Electrifying, High Body Count,Thrill Ride

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

London Has Fallen, the much anticipated sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, from Focus Features and Gramercy Pictures, presents an action packed, high body count, testosterone charged amplified thrill ride, complete with a realistic plot, stunning explosions, horrific destruction and heightened suspense.

Directed by Babak Najafi, London Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo. London Has Fallen also stars Radha Mitchell, Robert Forrester, Patrick Kennedy, Charlotte Riley, and Michael Wildman. With Alon Moni Aboutboul, Waleed F. Zauiter, Adel Bencherif, Mehdi Dehbi and Shivani Ghai.

London Has Fallen begins in two different deserts which couldn’t be further from each other. The first, in Lahore, Pakistan at a lavish wedding and the other drone service quarters in the Nevada desert. Cleared to launch, the drone military team unleashes an airstrike killing family, friends and wedding party of the world’s most lethal arms dealer, Aamir Barkawi, played by Alon Moni Aboutboul.

Fast forward two years, President Asher in a role reprised by Aaron Eckhart has just won re-election. His lead Secret Service agent Mike Banning, also reprised by Gerard Butler, are moving forward. Banning and his wife, Leah, played by Radha Mitchell are expecting their first baby. Normal and routine which one understand is how the president and his secret service team prefer is taming the wild man.

London has Fallen doesn’t get waylaid in the bringing the audience up to speed and it is just as well.  Within minutes, the team is notified the British Prime Minister has died of a heart attack in his sleep (echoes of current headlines) and the must attend state funeral brings forty world leaders, each with its own security detail, and each a logistical nightmare, to London.

As one could imagine London is on high alert and teams are introduced to discuss the details. Soon with Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, played by Angela Bassett who also reprises her role, Banning, and the President are in the air.

In order to secure the President, Banning has moved up the arrival according to his own schedule instead of the pre-set sent by the British government.

With terror methods so widely disseminated the screenwriters were brilliant in bringing authenticity to a sensitive and lethal topic. In order to stage a full scale assassination of the G7 leaders how would one go about handling the logistics?

That is what is played out in London Has Fallen. The series of immediate explosions send shockwaves, shrapnel and teams scattering, killing initially the Canadian Prime Minister and his wife and then immediately following the German Chancellor.

Wave Two kills the French President and Japanese Prime Minister and in a stunning cap, the third bomb blast kills the Italian Prime Minister who has taken his assistant on a private tour of Westminster Abbey.

The shock and surprise set off team two, which as London Has Fallen is played out the amount of terror recruits in each of her majesty’s branches and employee is alarming.

Immediately the world has learned of the devastating attacks which decimate the London skyline destroying almost every known landmark. The White House War Room erupts with former Speaker of the House, now Vice President Trumbull played by Morgan Freeman stunned with wave after wave of news reports filtering in.

The intent was to kill the U.S. president and his team immediately after the first strike. Surviving the hit Asher, Banning and Director Jacobs were extracted from the attack site and in a spectacular street chase scene, fight their way to the helicopters that take them to Air Force One.

The continuation of government and extracting the president are the two most important issues. Confident in Banning, the scale and perpetrator of the operation is the chief concern for Trumbull.

Banning taps one trusted MI6 agent, Jacqueline, played by Charlotte Riley, and soon the scope of the enormous campaign unfolds when the two of them add together the puzzles pieces.

London Has Fallen erupts into a large scale Cat and Mouse chase with well-funded terrorist team chasing the President through the streets, on foot, in air and on ground. The special effects creating the series of amplified explosions were dramatic and impressive.

Pulling from every terrorist assault manual in the world, Banning and Asher don’t escape unscathed. This is not an immediate getaway. The terrorists, again mirroring events barely in our history, that the world media has covered, are in well-planned coordinated teams.

The terror teams prepared for an on ground and in air fight and launch surface to air missiles as the helicopters pilots become fighter pilots in a never before attempted dogfight scenes.

London Has Fallen was written by the husband/wife writing team of Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, the original writers of Olympus Has Fallen. Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John were brought in to develop the screenplay.

The writers were impressive in every way. My one critique would rest in filling the heightened action scenes that could hold their own without additional dialogue, which is no small feat, with empty one liners. At times additional words are unnecessary.

The two men share a history so the humorous one liners used to break the tension is funny when the world isn’t actually falling apart around you. Some of the one liners were gratuitous and should have been left in the writer’s room best saved for another day.

London Has Fallen is every bit the action thrill ride, it is packed solid with some of the most unique terror assaults scenes ever portrayed. The premise remains faithful to the original, Olympus Has Fallen storyline with a location change.

With terror threats so high in Europe and the uncanny timing of a state funeral due to a sleeping heart attack of the Prime Minister the film echoes of conspiracy theories, modern events and mirror unimaginable and very real terror threats.

London has Fallen, a must see film, is one bad ass fast action electrifying ride. It has it all. A top notch cast, stunning surprises, the whammy’s are in overdrive. Expect the unexpected.

London Has Fallen opens March 4, 2016 everywhere. 

Haute Tease

  • The New MM 30G From Sennheiser: Superior Audio Quality From Your Samsung With ‘Hands Free’ Call and Track Control

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Las Vegas, NV, January 7, 2014 – Sennheiser unveils its new MM 30G in-ear headset, a ‘perfect fit’ for the latest generation of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets from the Galaxy S2 upwards. Sleek and discreet, it’s a headset with a mobile device remote control, modeled in elegant black or white. It offers you a top of the range Sennheiser music listening experience on your Samsung Galaxy device while giving you complete control for all your conversations on the go.

     
  • Business News: Bob Iger and The Magic of Disney Create Lifetime Loyalty

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Bob Iger, Disney's Chairman of the Board, has a new toy. His acquisition of the Star Wars franchise brought a treasure trove of exciting new gadgets which will soon be available to the masses. For now, he gets the toys all to himself.

     
  • Five Dead in Washington State Rampage; Third Mass Shooting This Week, Second in 24 Hours

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The last 24 hours have been particularly violent as two separate Mass shootings, in Hesston, Kansas and Belfair, Washington became the second and third of this bloody February leap year with a Kalamazoo, Michigan Uber driver being the first.

     
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Review – Impressive, Powerful Character Driven Performances

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, from Fox Searchlight Pictures, presents the story of wrath, rage, and anger, deep, unquenchable, unfathomable, burning, gnawing, seething, bubbling volcanic murderous rage and those who have yet to learn to cope, manage and hope.

     
  • Beltway Insider: African Agenda Global Challenge; ISIS; Malaysian MH370/MH17; Climate Win; Bill Cosby

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama plans a major announcement this week to compliment the twelve nation Asian Pan Pacific declaration that for the first time included environmental protection, from tundra to island ecosystems, coral reefs and rain forests, in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Addresses Davos Attendees; The Perv and The Pedophile: Wynn Resigns; US Gymnast Doc Sentenced; Challenger

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump, after a turbulent and shocking freshman year, will give his first State of the Union address this week expected to be a continuation of his themes of making America great again, promised and delivered.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Ukraine Russia Standoff Continues; G7, European Leaders Issue Statement; U.S. Homelessness Hits High

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama continued to globally make his case to leaders of the G7 for unified and sectoral sanctions in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's sustained violations of Ukraine territorial sovereignty and threats of prolonged aggression.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Talking With Teyonah Parris, CHI-RAQ Star, on Spike Lee, Gun Violence and Angela Bassett

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    CHI-RAQ, the recent release from legendary director Spike Lee, brought to the forefront of the American psyche the reminder of the devastations of gun violence, an issue played out every day in inner cities and now an unfortunate common occurrence globally.

     
  • SPLIT Review - Raw Terror, A Fierce Edge of Your Seat Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    SPLIT, from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, presents a shocking, terror speed trip into the mind and manifestation of a schizophrenic, as he acts on the commands from the twenty-four personalities that fight for control of his life and existence.

     
  • HL Travel: Long Beach, California - SoCal’s Undiscovered Jewel

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Long Beach, California, the other city on the bay, thirty miles south of the City of Angels, has quietly built a global reputation as the popular destination city of choice for travelers looking to visit Los Angeles, Hollywood and the famed beaches of Southern California.

     
  • A Fine Artist’s Saga: The Fascinating Journey of Pinque Clark

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Pinque Clark is no stranger to a challenge, from pop-up shows to shooting a boudoir series to art exhibitions in Italy, the Boulder-based photographer has immersed herself in a range of interesting and compelling work.

     
  • Business News: China Retailers Romance The Singles Market

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    On Wednesday, Alibaba generated $14.3 billion in total sales during Singles' Day, the Chinese equivalent of Black Friday. The figure is a 53.7% increase from the company's previous Singles' Day sales record of $9.3 billion during the holiday last year.  

  • 99 Homes Review – Riveting Performances Captures the Emotions of the Foreclosure Crisis

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    99 Homes, from Broad Green Pictures, presents a stunning portrayal of contemporary life in post-recession America, where decent people, once solid home owners, are suddenly ambushed by a corrupt judicial system as they struggle to save their dying American dream.

     
  • All The President’s Men – Manafort Guilty on Eight Counts; Cohen Pleads

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Robert S. Mueller, Special Counsel investigating collusion and influencing the 2016 Presidential Election, scored major victories today with the guilty verdicts of Paul Manafort, former Campaign Manager to the President and Trump personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

     
  • Algérie à L'heure de son Histoire

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Alors que grossissent les cortèges de manifestants refusant la nouvelle candidature du président Bouteflika à l'élection présidentielle, l'Algérie amorce un tournant décisif de son histoire : l'âge de l'émancipation.