What You Need To Know - July 14, 2016

London Has Fallen: What You Need To Know
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London Has Fallen: What You Need To Know

Antoine Fuqua's 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen saw Gerard Butler's disgraced former Secret Service operative given a chance for redemption when North Korean terrorists kidnap the U.S. President and threaten to turn the country into a radioactive wasteland by detonating America's nuclear weapons in their silos.

Now Butler reprises his role as Mike Banning in a new sequel set in the UK's capital city. London Has Fallen arrives on in stores on Monday on DVD and Blu-ray. Here's everything you need to know...

 

Who's in it?

Alongside Butler, Aaron Eckhart returns as President Benjamin Asher and Morgan Freeman also reprises his role as Allan Trumbull, the former Speaker of the House who now finds himself promoted to Vice President. Angela Bassett, Robert Forster and Melissa Leo are some of the other returning cast members, while new additions include Alon Aboutboul, who stars as the film's main villain Aamir Barkawi, and Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley.

 

Who's directing?

Iranian director Babak Najafi is the man behind the lens this time around.

 

What's the plot?

Banning finds himself in London for the funeral of the British Prime Minister, an event which has attracted all the world's political leaders, including President Asher, as they arrive to pay their respects. Restored to his former role on the President's security detail following his heroics in Olympus Has Fallen, Banning soon discovers a terrorist plot led by Aamir Bakwani, who plans to use the opportunity to attack the world leaders and attempt to take President Asher hostage.

In a series of coordinated attacks across the city, the Canadian Prime Minister is killed in a car bomb explosion and his Japanese counterpart is also killed when another explosion collapses one the bridges across the River Thames. The Italian PM is killed by an explosion at Westminster and the German chancellor is shot dead in an exchange of gunfire at Buckingham Palace.

Making clear that their aim is to kidnap Asher and execute him whilst broadcasting his death on a live video feed, Banning must try and get Asher to safety while Trumbull and a team at Scotland Yard attempt to track down and stop Bakwani before it's too late.

 

Does it deliver?

If you enjoyed Olympus Has Fallen, you'll find more of the same on offer here. Lots of gunfire, big explosions and the destruction of several of London's best-known landmarks make this a visual spectacle that's best enjoyed on the biggest TV you can find. Check out the trailer below...


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