London Has Fallen picks up not too long after the events of the first movie. Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is serving as President Benjamin's (Aaron Eckhart) bodyguard, as well as close friend. He's expecting a baby with his wife, Leah (Radha Mitchell), although just two weeks before the due date, he's sent off to London to help protect the President from any potential harm. All of the world leaders have come together for a funeral of one of their closest allies, and it's just before this funeral begins that an attack takes place, this attacked aimed towards the President. Mike, without the help of anyone else, must protect Benjamin with his life, escaping through the streets of London to who-knows-where.
The dialogue may be awful, but this is an action film... so is the action any good? Yes and no. The special effects are shameful, and I've seen clips on YouTube with better effects than this movie. It's not just a few of them here and there, though. It's all of them. Every last one. It's oh so very bad, yet the film insists that it's necessary to have some in every action set piece. Thankfully, the action itself, no matter how bad it looks, can be fun. Gerard Butler is having the best time with this character, releasing his inner John McClane, but with the added skills of Jason Bourne. Granted, the skills aren't as... well... skillful, but it sure is entertaining to watch.
On top of the camera work, there's also plenty of questionable editing choices, most notably the decision to constantly be reminding us of the time. There's a scene late into the film, a scene I obviously won't spoil as it's a very pivotal scene, where a subtitle appears about five times reminding us of what the time is. Literally one minute would pass the clock would reappear, and I have no explanation as to why this was deemed a wise choice. If it was to show a race against the clock, they really failed at that as once was more than enough. The other times it appeared was just distracting and took me out of the moment, although in all honestly, I was barely in the moment to begin with.