Director: Babak Najafi
Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo
Spoilers Within: No

Originally posted 3rd July 2016 on Letterboxd.

Below is a list of adjectives that hints at everything you can expect from London Has Fallen:

– Puerile
– Violent
– Cheap
– Xenophobic
– Absurd
– Ignorant
– Playful
– Asinine
– Profane
– Grisly
– Moronic
– Vitriolic
– Generic
– American

You could string that together in a loosely intelligible sentence and that could be the review, but honestly, as negative as that all sounds, it goes part and parcel to what makes it what it is. Without the xenophobic profanities and violence, Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning wouldn’t be the clichéd presidential bodyguard that he is. Without the ignorance of basic politics and human rights, the plot and the action wouldn’t be half as enjoyable. Without the flag-flyin’, eagle-swoopin’, gun-totin’ Americanisation, it would not be as ridiculously and humorously patriotic as it is. London Has Fallen is a bad film in almost every way, and yet, it has this purposefully discouraging direct-to-video charm about that it practically begs you to tell it to fuck off.


Where I could defend Olympus Has Fallen, I can’t here; it’s frustratingly dividing my own personal and moral opinions. I want to recommend it as a ludicrous, dim-witted action film with some of the most outright silly line-deliveries of the year, but I also want to steer you clear of its narcissistic, mean-spirited jingoism. Choose your destiny.

Grade: C+