Parents' Guide to

London Has Fallen

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Disappointing sequel is lifeless, violent, and depressing.

Movie R 2016 99 minutes
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age 15+


i went to this movie with my dad unclr and cousin pumped and left pumped it was amazing. yes it was volent but kids seen worst it does say the f word 37 time but at scholl in 6 hours you hear it over 315 time but it is very good and pretty flipping funny so yeah theare is some drinking but not much just like wine and the worst is blood and languge

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Too much violence
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age 16+

Violence fills the void that is this movie's plot

This movie is the ultimate example of filling a very lackluster plot with raw emotional appeal. Or, if I were a bit more blunt, "stuff that satisfies your ape brain." The protagonist is shown as some magical savior figure who, with the work of him alone, rains justice upon the terrorists, saving not just his entire country but the entire world. Talk about a bigger god complex. The protagonist shows no sign of a genuine moral compass beyond a blind unconditional love for his country and a desire to murder all who stand in its way. The movie shows America as the unquestionable ultimate superpower of the world. The movie displays Pakistani streets to represent Yemen. Need I really say more? Please don't bother watching this. This movie reeks of raw sadism.

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Too much violence

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Anyone who was calling for a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen should've been careful what they wished for; this sequel borrows shamelessly from many action classics and ends up lifeless and dim. London Has Fallen is interesting when it's showing the logistics of assembling so many world leaders in one place, but that order is quickly turned into brain-numbing chaos. And director Babak Najafi uses at least one impressive, 60-second tracking shot, but that still leaves about 90 dull minutes to slog through.

Butler is no Harrison Ford or Bruce Willis; he can't handle the dopey quips the screenplay gives him. Other, Oscar-nominated actors get even less dialogue, and much of that is forced and clunky. There's no one to connect with. Most of the action is either underdeveloped or relies on coincidence. And, worse, the movie may leave you feeling depressed and guilty, wondering whether, these days, movies about large-scale terrorist attacks ought to be marketed as slam-bang entertainment?

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