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|Originaltitel:||London has fallen|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 99 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
After the White House attack, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), President Asher's bodyguard (Aaron Eckhart), has returned to normal. Now that his wife (Radha Mitchell) is expecting a child, he is thinking about quitting his job and doing a less dangerous job. But then it comes to a particularly dangerous operation, when the British Prime Minister dies unexpectedly and Asher has to travel to London together with other heads of state for the funeral. There is no time to create a proper security concept and thus guarantee the security of the president. And indeed, the supposedly well-protected funeral turns out to be a deadly trap for politicians. There are numerous deadly assassinations, from which Banning and Asher can only barely escape. Now the two must flee in a bloody gauntlet run through London to find a safe haven. But their opponents are not only numerically superior, but also extremely well organized. Fortunately, Mike Banning is a tough professional with whom terrorists shouldn't mess with…
After the success of the action-hacker "Olympus has fallen", Gerard Butler can now take on the role of Secret Service agent Mike Banning for a second time. Babak Najafi ("Banshee"), who took over from Antoine Fuqua as director, obviously tried to add a lot of action to "London has fallen" and to take reality even less seriously than his predecessor. If you have a problem with dialogues dripping with pathos and stereotypical character sketching, you'll be desperately wringing your hair after just a few minutes. The portrayal of the individual heads of state, for example, is so clichéd that you can only get upset about it - at least if you take the film too seriously. Of course, the Italian Prime Minister is a pleasure newt and the French President a wine drinking man of pleasure. And also the somewhat dogged German Chancellor Agnes Bruckner (!) must not be missing.
Of course it is the US President who is the only one to survive the perfectly coordinated attacks. Who else? It's all so exaggerated that you actually want to run out of the cinema screaming - if it wasn't so much fun. Yes, script and direction are not exactly brimming with intelligence and originality. But the politically completely incorrect style, seasoned with many crisp sayings, is so consistently applied that it is simply a bright joy. When Gerard Butler kills the bad guys here and comments on it with one-liners that remind you of the action-blasters of the 80s, it may not be particularly challenging - but it's entertaining all the time.
"London has fallen" is one of those typical "brain out"-popcorn action flicks that are only really fun if you stick to this request. If the little grey cells are fully activated, the film offers an unbelievable attack surface for criticism. But if the brain activity has been reduced to the bare minimum for a short time, then a very pleasant entertainment factor unfolds, which especially those viewers who grew up with Schwarzenegger, Willis, Norris, Segal and Co. appreciate.
Although "Olympus has fallen" was the better action film from a technical point of view, "London has fallen" is a worthy sequel. If you expect more than mighty wow and cool slogans, you are in the wrong movie. If you're looking for solid action with 80s video store flair, you'll be well entertained. And there is a deserved one for that: Worth seeing!
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