Despite being ridiculous and jingoistic 'London Has Fallen' does deliver on the action and well constitutes a guilty pleasure as did the earlier "Olympus Has Fallen'. Gerard Butler plays the stoic merciless killer/bodyguard well and plays to western ideals of fighting terrorism with no limits, at least to those NRA card carrying red staters. Action choreography is well executed as are the effects of icons crumbling.
Gleefully violent, morally unconscionable, and about as politically nuanced as an SNL skit, "London Has Fallen" is this year's first genuine guilty pleasure: a meat-and-potatoes, Red State action flick. The kind that kills off world leaders with wanton disregard and would have starred Chuck Norris or Charles Bronson in the Eighties. The real question is: why the hell didn't this come out while W. was still in office?
First half tantalizes with some glorious special effects and surprisingly grim, gritty sequences of violence, reminding you why these films are better R-rated. Then it devolves into pretty standard-fare, burdened by the "America saves the day" mantra, and I stopped caring almost instantly.
Not quite as good as the first time around, but I'm an unapologetic fan of both these films and would love it if they kept them coming. I think if they manage to get away with two more, the series might qualify as some kind of pop-art masterpiece. It's a particularly nice touch that a Scot plays the American Hero. (God bless you, Gerard Butler.)