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London Has Fallen

Published in L
Monday, 14 March 2016 01:22
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong action violence.

  • The pitch

    Drones on.

  • Starring

    Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Alon Aboutboul, Waleed Zuaiter, Michael Wildman, Radha Mitchell, Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman

  • Directed by

    Babak Najafi

  • Running time

    99 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (many), blown up (grenades), crushed by falling debris (implied), hit by a car, pursued, thrown through a windscreen, squashed against a wall, impaled, hit with objects, suffocated, pistol-whipped, punched, stabbed (some repeatedly), dragged, bound, threatened, caught in fireballs/explosions, head-rammed, neck/bone-snapped, shoulder-charged, tackled, choked, kidnapped. Helicopters shot down, helicopter crash, air raid siren. Attacks on world leaders/major London landmarks. Mass shootouts, mass panic, bridge collapse, suicide missions. Drone attacks, car bomb, explosions, burning debris/objects/vehicles, shattering windows. Reckless driving, vehicle rollovers, damaged/crushed/rammed cars, motorcycle accidents, car hit by truck, cars fall into river. People crash through windows, doors. Armed soldiers/guards, military satellite images. Footage seen of aftermath of hotel bombing. A man says, "You want to run him over [with the car] for me?" (comic). Screaming, shouting. Massacre, selling arms, eliminated general, dead prime minister/world leaders, murder our families, send poor [people] to die, execution, slow torture/death mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses on ground, bloodied body part seen protruding from bag. Bloody faces, hands, chests, scratches, abrasions, clothing, objects, wounds. Blood spatter. Objects protruding through flesh/clothing/eye. TV reports mention very high numbers of police/people killed/wounded. Footage of bloodied victims on stretchers. Man in wheelchair with missing legs. Snapping sounds heard (neck-breaking implied). Fatal heart attack mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man jokes that another man has "come out of the closet". A married couple kiss and hug. Off-colour texts mentioned. Pregnant woman, baby seen.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine on table). Bourbon, poisoning, anaesthesia mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastards, sonofab*tch. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Security, POTUS, bodyguards, imposters, terrorism, state funerals, intel, vengeance, corruption, betrayal, suicide missions, social media, Islamophobia, execution, impending parenthood.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding setting. Dead friends/colleagues. Dead daughter/sister mentioned. Helicopters, plane, jets. Power blackouts. Brief Japanese, Italian, French languages (subtitles). Jarring visual effect before opening credits - similar to TV scanlines fading on/off. Green night-vision used.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Brash, big, loud, ultra-violent, ludicrous, brutal, fast-paced, ridiculous, self-aware. High-octane/kinetic action, profane one-liners, committed performances; high-concept pulp.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Sloppy, monotonous, camp, clichéd, dumb, racist, implausible, nasty, xenophobic, cruddy, snarling, vindictive, presumptuous, Islamophobic, murky. Cheap-looking digital effects, daft plotting, tone-deaf plotting; requires a huge suspension of disbelief.