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A Movie Review

By Ahmed El-Najjar

Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 7, 2016

The Movie “London Has Fallen” is the sequel that was released on March 4, 2016. It was directed By Babak Najafi.  

The Cast Members are Gerard Butler as Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent, and Special Agent in charge of the Presidential Protection Division. Aaron Eckhart played the role of Benjamin Asher, the President of the United States. Morgan Freeman played the role of Allan Trumbull, the Vice President of the United States. Alon Moni Aboutboul played Aamir Barkawi, a terrorist mastermind who is # 6 on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. Waleed Zuaiter played the role of Kamran Barkawi, Aamir Barkawi's son and henchman.

The movie starts In a Tent in Pakistan, where the terrorist mastermind Aamir Barkawi is reported by one of locals, who was attending the wedding. Aamir is responsible for a bombing in Europe. The US government locates his compound and launches a drone strike against that area, thinking that they will get him because of the information they got from that person on the ground helping them.

Two years later, President Benjamin Asher and his friend and top Secret Service agent, Mike Banning, are jogging together, having a good time. Mike starts talking about baby names because he and wife were expecting their first kid. Then, the President gets back to his office and there waiting for him is the Director of the Secret Service, Lynn Jacobs, who informs the President that the Prime Minster of Britain, James Wilson, has died in surgery.

So, President Asher says we have to go and pay our respects because Britain has been our oldest Ally. So, it would be rude not to go. However, both Director Jacobs and Agent Banning don’t like it because last-minute travel is not good for security reasons. Anyway, they take the Presidents plane go to Britain.

When they get there, all other World leaders are waiting for the US President to arrive so they can start the funeral. Among these are the Canadian Prime Minister, the Italian Prime Minister, Japanese Prime Minister, French President and the German Chancellor .

Then after all them get there, the shooting starts from a corrupt and fake British Scotland Yard guard. So, while all the leaders are running for cover, Mike managed to get the US President out of harm’s way and start thinking of getting out of the war zone that is happening before their eyes.

While Mike is thinking, all the other leaders are already dead from the heavy shooting, which only leaves the US president alive. So, Mike and the President get into a car and try to get to a secure location. Then, the US Vice President , Trumbull, gets a video conference from Aamir Barkawi telling him that when he finds the American President he is going to kill him and put it on the Internet for everyone to see. He adds that he is doing it in revenge for the killing of civilians, including his daughter on her wedding day.

If you like action movies, you are going to enjoy this movie because there is action from start to finish. Also, the digital effects were great. They made it seem like you were there, when the buildings were blown up and the streets were collapsing. One criticism about this movie is that there is not much dialog.



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