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London Has Fallen (2016)

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In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning is caught up in a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

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Babak Najafi

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Creighton Rothenberger (based on characters created by), Katrin Benedikt (based on characters created by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alon Aboutboul ... Aamir Barkawi (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Waleed Zuaiter ... Kamran Barkawi
Adel Bencherif ... Raza Mansoor
Mehdi Dehbi ... Sultan Mansoor
Shivani Ghai ... Amal Mansoor
Martin Petrushev Martin Petrushev ... UAV Reaper Pilot
Owen Davis ... JSOC Officer
Gerard Butler ... Mike Banning
Aaron Eckhart ... Benjamin Asher
Michael Wildman ... Agent Voight
Radha Mitchell ... Leah Banning
Lucy Newman-Williams Lucy Newman-Williams ... Aide (as Lucy Newman Williams)
Julian Kostov ... Aide
Stacy Shane ... Stern Faced Advisor
Penny Downie ... Home Secretary Rose Kenter
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Storyline

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. Written by Anonymous

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Prepare for bloody hell. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Bulgaria | USA

Language:

English | Italian | French | Japanese

Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Has Fallen Sequel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,635,601, 6 March 2016

Gross USA:

$62,524,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,754,447
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The original October 2015 release date was pushed back to March 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Banning tells the MI6 agent, Jacqueline "Jax" Marshall to leave the safe house to find out who the mole is, why didn't he send President Asher with her since she had no trouble getting to safety. See more »

Quotes

Benjamin Asher: [after a narrow escape] What took you so long?
Mike Banning: I had a couple errands to run.
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Awesome brainless fun

1 star? Not as good as the first movie? Let's get real! Olympus Has Fallen was equally ridiculous, jingoistic, lacking well-rounded characters, and originality - so why is everyone surprised when London Has Fallen is no different?

Yes it's jingoistic. Yes it's still lacking well-rounded characters. Yes it's mindless violence. And yes it's ludicrous...

...ludicrously freaking awesome that is!

The first thing I loved about this movie was the bad language. It was refreshing. I know that sounds like an odd thing to say, but go with me a moment...

...see, in an era of 12A action movies with tonnes of violence and no bad language, Butler dropping the F bomb a billion times ironically brings a level of realism to London Has Fallen, that is lacking in movies that take themselves far more seriously.

Yes the entire concept is stupid, but that's not what we're here for. I'm here to watch Butler stab bad buys repeatedly in the chest and shoot AK-47s out of 4X4 cars bombing along the Thames at 80 miles per hour. That's what I signed up for.

The pacing of this movie is perfect. It's never boring, and the action sequences are really fun. Yes, in places the CG is a bit shoddy, but the movie is still quite spectacular in pulling off some big set pieces in London.

London Has Fallen is mainly a two-hander between Butler and Eckhart, with some nice buddy moments and fantastic action sequences throughout, including a mega shoot-out at Somerset House, a mega shoot-out in the Underground, and mega shoot outs in dark buildings, including the finale in Soho, of all places.

This isn't going to get any Oscars, but it's a brilliantly retro action movie that takes itself far less seriously than throw-back action films like Taken, which is no less crazy in the plot department.

Anyone who enjoys mindless action will not be disappointed, and where this movie lacks realistic plot, it makes up for it in pacing. At 1 hour 40 - in an age of bloated, long movies that think they're more intelligent than they are - this is frankly a breath of fresh air.

Get a big bowl of popcorn and some sodi-pops, and enjoy relentless, shooting, stabbing, swearing and explosions. Great fun!


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