After the worldwide success of 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen, a sequel was all but inevitable. The result is London Has Fallen. The premise? Basically the same, except that everything is going wrong in the British and not the US capital.
Aaron Eckhart resumes his role as the most powerful man on earth with an uncanny ability for getting himself captured, while Gerard Butler is once again Mike Banning, former special forces agent and the man tasked with tracking down and rescuing the US president after he goes missing in a terrorist strike at the funeral of the British prime minister.
In terms of spectacle and explosions, the action has somehow has been cranked even higher in the sequel, which is no mean feat. And while seeing major landmarks explode into balls of flame and helicopters spin wildly out of control after being hit by ground-to-air missiles is impressive, it doesn’t necessarily cover for the fact that this is effectively the same concept regurgitated almost entirely, complete with sharp quips from main man Butler.
London Has Fallen is for action films what The Hangover Part II was for comedies – namely a repetitive rehash of the same ideas. If anything, it’s trying just a little too hard to be Die Hard.
Attracting an impressive cast of voices that includes Jason Bateman and Idris Elba, Zootropolis tells the story of Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), a plucky young rural rabbit turned rookie police officer, who forms an unlikely alliance with a con artist fox (voiced by Bateman) to solve a series of disappearances and prove to her macho colleagues that size doesn’t always matter. This anthropomorphic whodunit has achieved something special and will rightfully take its place among the likes of Toy Story, Wreck-It Ralph and Up on the prestigious list of animated films that surpass their live-action counterparts in characters, plot and emotional resonance.
Micheal Bay is back again, creating big explosions and generally missing the point of important real-life events. After his awful take on the Pearl Harbor attacks in 2001’s film of the same name, the latest military incidents to get the treatment are the US compound attacks that took place in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. In the wake of a terrorist assault, a six-man team led by former Navy SEAL, Jack Silva (John Krasinski) disobey a direct order to stand down as they search for the American ambassador, who was present in the building, and fight off further waves. This could’ve been a seriously good film, but sadly, it isn’t.
After being blackmailed by the Russian mafia, a group of corrupt cops find themselves with little choice but to attempt a heist that appears virtually impossible on the surface. Trying to use an incorruptible rookie officer (Casey Affleck) in their dangerous game, the group get more than they bargain for when he foils their plans and exposes their greed.
When the 90-year-old grandfather of estranged brothers Arjun and Rahul Kapoor (Fawad Khan and Sidharth Malhotra) expresses a wish to see the whole family together before he dies, the disgruntled pair have little choice but to comply. The problems start when the brothers fall in love with the same woman and old family secrets start coming out of the woodwork.