Back to the Movies #20 – London Has Fallen

Original Post can be found at GoodTrash Media

London Has Fallen


It’s springtime with extremists in London town. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and naturally the terrorists are taking London Bridge all the way down. Back to the Movies is locked, loaded, and ready to trash a bit of classic jingoism because nothing kicks off the March election season like the fresh smell of American propaganda in cinema.

This week we’re covering London Has Fallen, the arbitrary sequel to Antoine Fuqua’s 2013 action film Olympus Has Fallen. Why London? Because naturally terrorists only target locations that happen to offer generous tax breaks for the film industry. The movie follows President Benjamin Asher(Aaron Eckhart) and his personal body guard(Gerard Butler) as they fight to survive an ambush of global proportions in during a funeral. That’s essentially the plot of the entire movie which means we’ll be spoiler bombing the the story from the very beginning of the show. If you consider yourself in a group concerned about the plot points of this film, this probably isn’t the podcast for you. 

To join in the the the ra-ra mania, Arthur and Caleb are joined by local writer Jacob Oller of the OK Gazette, The Film Stage, and Film School Rejects. The trio talk a little bit about their expectations before taking a closer look at the troubling messages the film is sending to audiences. They take a look at some of the influences for the film’s script which range from 24 to Bollywood action movies. Before laying final verdict, the entire cast weigh whether or not this film has enough pros to save itself from total extinction.

Prepare yourself, listener. This show brings the fire.

London Has Fallen and It Can’t Get Up – Time Stamps

Introductions – 1:12

Review – 3:01

Recommendations – 26:02

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