Banning is back with director Babak Najafi and Focus Features trip across the pond with “London Has Fallen.”
Banning (Gerard Butler) is still protecting the President as a Secret Serviceman, enjoying married life with wife Leah (Radha Mitchell) and now a baby on the way. Deciding that it might be time to leave his current position, he is stopped from writing a resignation letter when the British Prime Minister dies.
President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) wants to attend the funeral and looks to Banning and Lynn Jacobs (Angela Bassett) to set up security. Arriving in London, Banning takes over and immediately heads to the funeral. Pulling up in the limousine mayhem begins as explosion after explosion brings out terrorists who are shooting all the world leaders.
Vice President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) is immediately informed and a plan is needed to get the President back onto the plane and to the United States. At every turn Banning and President Asher are chased as the goal of leader Barkawi is clear – they want the President to make a public spectacle of a televised execution.
Banning isn’t about to let it happen so prepare for another kind of mayhem!
Butler as Banning has proven he still has the action hero in him. There isn’t much he couldn’t do keeping the President out of the hands of terrorists. Butler has his steely eyed stares and one-liners but also doesn’t have a problem taking someone down who is pounding on him.
Eckhart as Asher is a President who definitely relies on his security team, even if it’s a team of one to start out with. Really needing to listen to those protecting him, the President has the final say. Eckhart also gives a “I’m an American so screw you” speech but does it more politely than I probably would.
Morgan to be Vice President in this film which might be more job security than what Asher is going through! That’s all I could think about seeing him as VP. Bassett once again has a position in the White House; they should just hire her now because I think she’s about become an expert.
Other cast include Andrew Pleavin as Agent Bronson, Colin Salmon as Chief Hazard, Patrick Kennedy as John Lancaster, Waleed Zuaiter as Kamran Barkawi, Adel Bencherif as Raza Mansoor and Shivani Ghai as Amal Mansoor.
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I enjoyed “Olympus Has Fallen” as a thrill ride of a film and it’s all Butler. So honestly “London Has Fallen” is a must have to make a dynamic duo Bluray set for your home media library. The picture is pretty awesome on my television and the sound is pretty cool as well. Sometimes it’s hard to believe how we saw films at home before Bluray!
There is plenty of action, plenty of one-liners and plenty of hero play to go around. The two main characters together are definitely a force and Eckhart gets a little swing time himself. It is the cast that brings this next chapter and I’m pretty stoked that they all returned to make it happen.
The bonus features of the Bluray include The Making of “London Has Fallen” with an inside look at the massive undertaking of shooting such a large-scale film in London. Featuring interviews with cast and crew, this piece shows the unique challenges encountered on set, director Babak Najafi’s process and the cast’s inspiration for their characterizations.
Guns, Knives & Explosive is another bonus feature delving deeper into Gerard Butler’s iconic character of Mike Banning and the extensive training and preparation the actor needed to play a Secret Agent. “London Has Fallen” is also available on Digital Download, Digital HD, besides the Bluray Combo Pack and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.
So make it a double feature of Mike Banning and the President as “London Has Fallen” hits Bluray!
In the end — the world’s leaders have assembles and so have their enemies!