Flash Movie Review: London Has Fallen

There are people who live to work; there are other people who work to live. I fall into the latter category. The jobs I have are only a portion of who I am; they do not completely define me. The top 2 responses I get from people when I tell them I am a credit manager is either I must be a mean man or they would be afraid to show me their credit score. Neither statement could be further from the truth; it just so happens this is what I do during the day as is teaching cycling and yoga at night. There is much more in my life besides theses jobs. Now I know there are individuals who define themselves by what they do for a living. I find it humorous when someone announces their job title as if they are landed gentry or royalty. On the other hand I recently was talking to someone who was under stress because they could not let go of their job once they clocked out for the day. Their sleep was being affected, grinding their teeth to the point of waking up with severe pain in their jaw. The lack of sleep was making them sluggish throughout the day, causing their work to back up to the following day which was adding more stress and so on. It was becoming a vicious cycle. I do understand for some folk they love what they do, so their career shares the same space as their life. However, if one begins to lose their identity this could lead to the breakdown of boundaries between personal and business dealings. To see this all you have to do is take a look at the occupation of the main character in this action thriller. Β  Β FLYING to London to attend the prime minister’s funeral President Benjamin Asher, played by Aaron Eckhart (My All American, Thank You for Smoking), and his team found themselves in the middle of a world catastrophe that was planned especially for him. This sequel had returning cast members Morgan Freeman (Dolphin franchise, The Dark Knight franchise) as Vice President Trumbull and Angela Bassett (Malcom X, American Horror Story-TV) as Lynne Jacobs. The chase and fight scenes were intense; I especially enjoyed the one involving the President’s helicopter. When it came to the script I found it dreadful, filled with ridiculous prejudiced comments and generic catchphrases. For a crime movie all this picture provided was fight scene after fight scene for the most part. And something that I found to be the most unrealistic about these scenes were how in the middle of all these bullets flying around only the “bad” guys were getting hit but none of the good ones. It adds phoniness to the film in my opinion. The idea behind the story was interesting; unfortunately it just turned into a lame action picture. To tell you the truth the whole thing felt like the writers went on automatic to create this script.


1 3/4 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 8, 2016, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Glad I read this,. I was thinking of going to see it… I think I will save my money! Thank you for your review.

    • This is part of the reason why I do this; to save people money and put the movie studios on notice we will not spend our hard earned money on junk. Thank you for the comments.

  2. I saw the movie at a preview, and while impressed by the effects, the plot was pretty lame. Like you, I noticed how “bad guy” bullets have little or no effect, while “good guy” bullets always hit their target.

  3. I am amazed that it got the 3/4’s!!!

  4. The coincidences keep coming! I, too, was a credit manager. I desperately needed a good paying job (I was a single mum) and I definitely worked to pay the bills. I can’t say I enjoyed the work!
    As for this movie: Shame… A good cast. Possibly another rental… πŸ˜‰

    • No kidding, you worked as a credit manager. So you understand exactly what I meant in my words. Thanks for the comments and yes, wait for a rental.

      • Creditor meetings/payment plans/vetoing credit/calling debtors/even, on occasion, visiting debtors for an in depth view of their business. Oh yes, I remember it well..
        However, I learned to ‘deep breathe’ very well… and most lunch times found me at the park doing Tai Chi.
        There are always pros and cons to everything! πŸ˜‰

      • There certainly is Carolyn. It is funny how you mention lunch times; everyone at my company knows it is my down time, do not talk to me and let me read my paper. Thank you for sharing you work history; we have a lot in common.

  5. Thanks for the review – I’ll pass!

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