London Has Fallen (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Agent Banning again on the President’s rescue, this time in London, fighting Pakistani terrorists. A better story and better action sequences than the prequel.
2) The single-take shootout scene was straight out of an RPG game.

 

 
CONS –
1) The last movie wasted talents like Morgan Freeman, Robert Forster, and Melissa Leo in meaningless roles. This time they added Jackie Earle Haley to the list.

 

 
QUOTE –
Mike Banning: Why don’t you boys pack up your shit and head back to Fuckheadistan or wherever it is you’re from.

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A secret service agent on a lone mission to evacuate US President held hostage in the White House bunker by North Korean terrorist.
2) A full-blown action pot-boiler.
3) Rick Yune as Kang was an apt choice for the role. No action movie is noteworthy without a memorable villain.

 

 

CONS –
1) Gerard Butler as the main protagonist is the biggest flaw of the movie. This level of movie in the 90s featured the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis or Jean-Claude Van Damme. Any contemporary action star like Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg or even Liam Neeson would have fitted the bill.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Lynn : Banning is ex-special forces. Ranger battalion. He will move mountains or die trying!”

Surrogates (2009)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Prophet plot-twist
2) The Dread Reservation chase
3) CGI
4) The primary concept – La Westworld

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Predictable story-line
2) Shallow character development
3) The child-killed-in-a-car-accident sub plot is now used for a zillionth time in hollywood.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Tom Greer: You want to kill everyone? That’s going to heal mankind?
Older Canter: They’re already dead. The died the minute they plugged into those machines.