I had very low expectations for this film going in. I did like the first one, but most of the charm was Antoine Fuqua's gritty directorial style, and Fuqua did not return for this film. I also felt like this sequel was totally unnecessary because the storyline was resolved at the end of the previous film.
The plot for this film was ridiculously predictable, but then again, so was the original's. I very much dislike it when movies seem to exist for the pure purpose of patriotism, and this film series is a major culprit of this idea. I will say that the film did do a good job of character development because it was very easy to attach to the characters in such a short amount of time. The film did well with the comedic relief, and the chemistry between Butler and Eckhart was great, bringing to mind "White House Down", a similar movie to "Olympus Has Fallen" that was released in the same year and was more enjoyable.
One major flaw of this film is that it way underused the actors, with the exception of Butler and Eckhart. I love Morgan Freeman, and his character was great, but had so little screen time. Jackie Earle Haley and Colin Salmon also had smaller roles that were well-done, but could have been used more.
So this film pretty much ended up being a re-hash of "Olympus Has Fallen" with a different setting, a slightly different plot, and a more comedic mood. If you were a fan of the first installment, check this out, otherwise don't bother.
London Has Fallen
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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