London Has Fallen is the upcoming sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, the action movie that hit theaters in 2013 and stars Gerard Butler as one Mike Banner: an ex-Secret Service agent who battles terrorists when they seize control of the White House. While Olympus Has Fallen was one of two “Die Hard in the White House”-style thrillers that hit theaters that year (the other being White House Down), it was also the more commercially successful of the pair – ultimately managing to more than double its $70 million budget with its worldwide gross – and thus, was the movie that ended up getting a sequel to boot.
Previously-released London Has Fallen trailers and clips have teased the further adventures of Mike Banner, albeit with showing the movie’s over the top violence and bad language in all its R-Rated glory. That’s not the case with our exclusive, R-Rated TV spot for the movie, offering a quick glimpse at Butler taking out baddies with his handy knife and cursing like a sailor. You can watch that NSFW clip, above.
Here is the official synopsis for London Has Fallen:
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit “Olympus Has Fallen,” a non-stop, suspenseful action thriller that delivers high-octane excitement through a heightened sense of authenticity. The visceral intensity springs from a timely premise: after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States.
Part of the appeal of Olympus Has Fallen was its R-rated tone and the way it balances straight-faced drama with tongue in cheek one-liners and plots beats; those same qualities (arguably) make Olympus a better throwback to the macho action movies that were all the rage in the 1980s and ’90s than other recent homes to that bygone era of the action genre (see The Expendables trilogy, Escape Plan, and so on). It remains to be see if London Has Fallen can repeat that trick, though this new TV spots indicates that this sequel – written by Olympus Has Fallen duo Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger, Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart) and Chad St. John (The Punisher: Dirty Laundry) – will certainly vie to repeat what its predecessor did well.. and then some.
Director Babak Najaf (Easy Money II: Hard to Kill) had a bigger budget on London Has Fallen ($105 million) than his predecessor, Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer), had for Olympus Has Fallen ($70 million), so London shouldn’t have much trouble outdoing Olympus when it comes to the spectacle. The increase in budget also means that London has to at least perform as well (if not better) than its predecessor at the box office, in order to become a commercial success. Fortunately, it is arriving in theaters at a time when competition won’t be too intense, especially for those moviegoers looking to scratch their itch for R-Rated action/thrills on the big screen.
London Has Fallen opens in U.S. theaters on March 4th, 2016.
Source: Gramercy Pictures