London has Fallen is one of a couple of similar titles (White House Down and Olympus has Fallen) that deal with the taking over of a country or the attempted murder of a world leader i.e., president of the US, right in their own back yard. This time, a funeral for the Prime Minister, James Wilson is scheduled to take placed in London and is being attended by many world leaders. Concern for their safety becomes a growing concern because of the state of the world regarding terrorist, and current events including the mysterious death of the Prime Minister. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), Secret Service Agent, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), Secret Service Director, Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett), travel to London to join many other prominent world leaders for Wilson’s state funeral. As they arrive, an attack is launched killing the Canadian Prime Minister and his wife, among others. The Japanese Prime Minister drowns when suicide bombers cause Chelsea Bridge to collapse, the French President perishes when a bomb destroys his yacht on the River Thames and heavily damages Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, the Italian Prime Minister and his wife die when one of Westminster Abbey’s bell towers is blown up and the German Chancellor is murdered by disguised royal guardsmen at Buckingham Palace. The terrorists also hack into the city’s power network, effectively shutting it down. Meanwhile, back at the White House, the president’s staff, including Vice President Allan Trumbull, now acting President, (Morgan Freeman) watch the events in horror. The action is non stop as Mike turns an amenable president into a soldier as they fight to stay alive and free themselves from the terrorist war zone they find themselves in.
Although London Has Fallen has a similar theme to White House Down and Olympus is Down it still manages to be entertaining and is even better than a lot of summer fillers I’ve seen. Still, you might want to wait for the DVD release.
Posted in DVD MOVIE REVIEWS
Tagged aaron eckhart, angela bassett, benjamin asher, gerard butler, james wilson, london has fallen, lynne jacobs, mike banning, morgan freeman, president, prime minister, secret service director, terrorist, white house, world leaders
American Odyssey has made its mark as an exhilarating, mind blowing thriller. Compared to Homeland, it’s full of mystery, intrigue and is every bit as good. This series is about the discovery of a major American corporation that is funding Islamist terror groups and how that company had a team of American soldiers attacked and killed by private military contractors as a cover up. One female soldier (Sergeant Odelle Ballard) was overlooked when she went to relieve herself in the bushes. All the rest of her team were bombed as she watched from afar. She managed to get away undetected. In the meanwhile, the army notified her family that she was killed by Jihadists, but her 12 year old daughter isn’t buying the story. The conspiracy is so big and so involved that it makes for an excellent series. There are many twist and turns and characters throughout the story that have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Some of the major stand out characters are: Sergeant Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel), who speaks Arabic and is a translator for a Special Forces team sent to Mali to track and kill a top terrorist commander; Frank Majors (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), is an OSELA mercenary who relentlessly peruses Sergeant Odelle Ballard to correct having left her alive; Aslam (Omar Ghazaoui), a young Malian boy who befriends and helps Sgt. Ballard throughout her journey to stay safe and return home; Shakir Khan (Yousef Sweid), is Aslam’s uncle and famous television “drag queen” personality who put everything on the line to help his nephew and Sgt. Ballard; Suzanne Ballard (Sadie Sink), is the daughter of Odelle and Ron Ballard who doesn’t believe her mother is dead based on evidence she’s gathered and heard; Peter Decker (Peter Facinelli), is a former US Attorney, now working for Simon-Wachtel in business intelligence, has also picked up on this conspiracy and is working on his own to investigate and prove his findings; Harrison Walters (Jake Robinson), is a political activist who becomes involved after he meets a hacker who claims to have unearthed a massive coverup involving the military; Ruby Simms (Daniella Pineda), a Hitwoman/Assassin for SOC who is pretending to be a Freelance Reporter for the Times; Bob Offer (Nate Mooney), is an Activist and Hacker who also has email proof that shows Sgt. Ballard was not killed with her team as the military reported; Luc Girad (Gregory Fitoussi), is a French “facilitator” (drug dealer) who has involved himself in Sgt. Ballard’s and Aslam’s problems for his own survival; Colonel Stephen Glen (Treat Williams), is a high-ranking officer of the United States Africa Command. Heavily involved in the coverup and a deceitful old friend of Sergeant Ballard’s family; Julia (Allison Mack) is a military intelligence analyst who befriends Suzanne, Sgt. Ballard’s daughter; Michael Banks (Connor Trinneer), Ruby Simms’ boss and love interest who delegates assignments to her; Ron Ballard (Jim True-Frost), is the husband of Odelle Ballard.
I’ve tried to stir your curiosity by giving you a thorough look into the adventure of a series, I think, really tops them all. American Odyssey is truly a “don’t miss” experience and currently airs on NBC. Check it out!
SADLY, AMERICAN ODYSSEY HAS BEEN CANCELLED! I’VE PASSED ON HOW GOOD THIS SERIES IS TOO MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY — ALL WHO WATCHED AGREED, SO WHAT HAPPENED? DID IT HIT TOO CLOSE TO HOME OR DID IT GIVE IDEAS TO THE PUBLIC? WHATEVER THE FACTS, IT’S GONE! A TRULY GOOD SERIES HAS, ONCE AGAIN, LEFT US WITHOUT EXPLANATION. THUMBS DOWN TO NBC FOR NOT GIVING THIS GREAT SERIES A SECOND CHANCE!
Posted in RIP TV SERIES
Tagged american odyssey, anna friel, aslam, frank majors, mali, omar ghazaoui, OSELA, peter decker, peter facinelli, sadie sink, sergeant odelle ballard, terrorist
Not since Sleeper Cell have I seen a more compelling series about terrorist. Homeland shows us how dangerous the world has become. Intelligence Officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) who is bipolar, lives for her job. Her hunches are usually spot on and her methods of carrying through her assignments are impeccable. Homeland starts out telling the story of Nicolas Brody, a Marine hero returning home after eight years of being labeled MIA in Iraq. Agent Carrie is the only one who suspects that he may have been “turned”. The story goes in depth telling how and why Brody turned and how Carrie was able to prove her theory. Brody becomes an agent for the United States, tricking his former captures into believing he is still working for them. The story unfolds with a sharking season finale making the audience thirst for more. I am hooked on Homeland and suspect you will be too. Homeland currently airs on Showtime.
Posted in Action, Cable Series, Dramas, LOCAL TV & CABLE CRITIQUES
Tagged carrie mathison, claire danes, homeland, intelligence officer, iraq, marine hero, mia, nicolas brody, terrorist