Starring: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Jackie Earle Haley, Radha Mitchell, Charlotte Riley, Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Robert Forster, Sean O’Bryan, Waleed Zuaiter
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Story: Sequel action thriller directed by Babak Najafi in which the story picks up in London, where the British Prime Minister has died under mysterious circumstances and all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral.
What starts out as the most protected event on Earth 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 Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable Secret Service head Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), and a British MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also returns as the Vice President of the United States.
Verdict: I was a fan of the first movie but this sequel misses the mark. It’s very formulaic and cliched and fails to really take advantage of the great ensemble cast. The only good thing about it is Butler and Eckhart who look like they are having fun with their characters.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 16)
Mike Banning: Hell of a presidential race, sir.
Benjamin Asher: Every day it’s the same damn joke.
[Banning starts running backwards]
Benjamin Asher: What the hell do they make you out of?
Mike Banning: Bourbon and poor choices.
Mike Banning: I was wondering when you were gonna come out of the closet.
Benjamin Asher: That’s not funny.
Benjamin Asher: Most important thing, never criticize, always encourage. You just want them to be passionate. That’s what I always tell my son. Find something you care about, and care deeply. That and the Golden Rule; Treat others as you like to be treated.
News Reporter: An attack has decimated the British capitol.
News Reporter: Five of the world’s leaders are now dead. The American President is unaccounted for.
Barkawi: To our friends in the West.
Speaker Trumbull: Barkawi.
Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan: Number six on the ten list.
Speaker Trumbull: What do you want?
Barkawi: Your president.
Speaker Trumbull: That’s not going to happen.
Barkawi: Then everything death from this moment forward will be on your head.
Barkawi: London is just the first stop. Just imagine every major city descending into chaos. Your president dies tonight.
Speaker Trumbull: We have to find Barkawi before he finds the president.
Barkawi: We’re going to kill him slowly and broadcast it live.
Mike Banning: Yeah? I think you should have brought more men.
Benjamin Asher: [to Banning] I will not be executed as propaganda. You don’t let them take me; if it comes to it I want you to kill me. That’s an order.
Speaker Trumbull: To those who threaten our freedom, America will rise up. But make no mistake, we will find you and we will destroy you.
Mike Banning: Brace for impact!
[Banning gives Asher a gun]
Mike Banning: Stay in this room and wait for me to come back.
Benjamin Asher: And if you don’t come back?
Mike Banning: Then you’re fucked.
[Banning leave and Asher is left standing alone in the dark room]
Benjamin Asher: That’s inspiring.
SAS SGT: There’s more than a hundred terrorists in there!
Mike Banning: Yeah? Well, they should’ve brought more men.
Mike Banning: [fighting Kamran] You know what you assholes don’t get? We’re not a fucking building! We’re not a fucking flag! We’re not just one man! Assholes like you have been trying to kill us for a long fucking time. But you know what? A thousand years from now, we’ll still fucking be here!
Aamir Barkawi: Vengeance must always be profound and absolute.
Total Quotes: 16