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Gerard Butler’s dark gusto is unexplained, and his character lacks the charisma and one-liners of fellow macho world-savers Rambo, James Bond and John McClane.

2.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Chad St. John, Christian Gudegast
Directed by
Babak Najafi
Starring
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English

When the alpha-male Secret Service agent played by Gerard Butler twists the knife into the bad guy a little too enthusiastically, the nearby U.S. president (Aaron Eckhart) winces with disgust.

"Is that necessary?" he asks. To which bulldog Butler deadpans, "No."

In matters of international terrorism and movie-world one-man war machines, it's all about the response.

Story continues below advertisement

London Has Fallen, the straight-ahead, non-stop sequel to 2013's Olympus Has Fallen, involves Aamir Barkawi, an arms dealer whose family is torn apart by a U.S. drone strike.

"Vengeance must always be profound and absolute," the mastermind villain and too-stern sloganeer says.

A couple of years, later the suspicious death of the British prime minister sets a trap for the U.S. president, lured to London for the funeral.

The commander-in-chief is soon up against it, with only a bulletproof bodyguard at his side in a London bombed-up and locked-down.

Butler's dark gusto is unexplained, and his character lacks the charisma and one-liners of fellow macho world-savers Rambo, James Bond and John McClane.

The film is a popcorn-crowd pleaser, but a "yippee ki-yay" or two away from something more memorable.

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