Run time: 120mins

Director: Babak Najafi

Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Charlotte Riley

Synopsis: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.


In Olympus Has Fallen (2013) director Antoine Fuquia had the Secret Service Agent and Presidential guard Branning (Gerard Butler) trapped in the White House during a terrorist attack from which he rescues the President.

This time, London Has Fallen is directed by former Iranian refugee Babak Najafi (Easy Money 11: Hard to Kill (2013).

Paisley’s finest (Gerard Butler) is back as Branning, awaiting the birth of his child, while – following the mysterious death of the British Prime Minister – heads of state gather in London for the funeral. This is all part of a plan by terrorists to take out world leaders. But they reckon without the US president (Aaron Eckhart), Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) and a very determined MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley)

This is a risible film with the premise that Branning and the American President save UK democracy during this massive terrorist attack, where the police and security forces are totally compromised.  However the worst thing – apart from the xenophobia and Islamophobia – is the rotten, unconvincing CGI and ‘special effects’ as famous London landmarks are wiped out.

A very disappointing venture, which makes for fond memories of any of the Die Hard films.


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