“London Has Fallen” (Focus)
By Catholic News Service
In the equally improbable and considerably more pitiless sequel to 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” a Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) must once again protect the U.S. president (Aaron Eckhart) after insurgents controlled by a vengeful Pakistani arms dealer (Alon Moni Aboutboul) devastate the British capital and imperil world leaders gathered for the funeral of the U.K.’s prime minister.
With such a ruthless guardian at his side brutally dispatching assailants, the chief executive’s odds of survival are pretty good. The overall level of belligerence grows excessive however, and the atmosphere becomes truly noxious when the script tries to find humor in the hero’s sadistic treatment of bad guys. Director Babak Najafi makes some effort to highlight the human relationships, but video-game mayhem still predominates.
Pervasive and often gory scenes of combat, murder and torture, a revenge theme, some profanity, frequent rough and crude language.
The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.