Next Stop, London???

London bridge is falling down, falling down. My fair lady. Hahahahaha… Guess many remember the infamous song from back when you used to roll tires around the neighborhood, write your name on a piece of paper and insert into your pen to prevent it from being stolen, play fantasy chef with sand and tree leaves, had your bath in the rain and killed earthworms with salt (wicked! what did those poor creatures ever do to us?) Lol. Good ‘ole days, right?  And don’t tell me you didn’t do any, except you were abducted by aliens and brought to Naija as an adult…*food for thought*

Anyways, you must have guessed the movie for this weekend already. Yeah, it’s London Has Fallen. The film is a sequel to the white house invasion, 2013 movie ‘Olympus Has Fallen’. Makes you wonder what Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx will do with their sequel to ‘White House Down’. Maybe an ‘Aso Rock Down’? OMG at pix.

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London Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Chad St. John and Christian Gudegast. It saw Gerard ButlerAaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman, return in their former roles, and Alon Moni Aboutboul, , Robert ForsterMelissa LeoRadha Mitchell and Charlotte Riley in supporting roles.

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Production had been scheduled to begin in May 2015 in London, with Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt returning to write the script. Director Antoine Fuqua, however, did not return, due to his commitments with The Equalizer.  Charlie Countryman director Fredrik Bond was announced to take over directing from Fuqua, but Bond left the film on September 18, six weeks before the shooting was to begin. On September 28, director Babak Najafi signed on to direct the film. Your guess is as go as mine if changing directors had any effect on the film.

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The film was planned for an October 2, 2015, release, but it was later announced to have been moved back to January 22, 2016, to avoid competition with The Martian, which swapped its original November 25 release date with Victor Frankenstein. On July 1, 2015, the film’s teaser trailer was released. The timing of the release was criticized as “insensitive” by the Chair of the Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, Philip Nelson, as it coincided with the week of the 10th anniversary of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, in which 52 people were killed, and with the 2015 Sousse attacks, in which 30 British nationals were killed.

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By September, 2015, the film’s release was moved back again to March, 2016, because the studios needed more time to finish the film’s visual effects. Did that do them any good? The U.S. trailer was released on November 5, 2015 and a new theatrical poster of the film was released on January 21, 2016. The film received an R rating from the MPAA, “for strong language and violence throughout.

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As of May 31, 2016, London Has Fallen has grossed $62.5 million in North America and $133.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $195.6 million, against a budget of $60 million. The film out grossed its predecessor ($161 million). Not bad right? That’s like double the profits, but the critics obviously didn’t care about that as the film received mostly negative reviews from them.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 25%, based on 165 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10. The site’s consensus reads, “London Has Fallen traps a talented cast – and all who dare to see it – in a mid-1990s basic-cable nightmare of a film loaded with xenophobia and threadbare action-thriller clichés. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 28 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale, the same grade as its predecessor.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club wrote: “A murky, brain-dead stab-a-thon packed with so many inane chases, laughable special effects, and mismatched stock footage shots that it begs to be made into a drinking game, London Has Fallen is one of those rare films that is good at absolutely nothing.

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Whoa! That seems a tad too harsh Vishnevestsky (That is a mouthful. Thank God I’m writing, not pronouncing it). Jollyhood’s take is the film isn’t bad for an action movie, which is generally characterized by “no plot, bad dialogue, car chases and things going bang bang.” So ‘London Has Fallen fits right in and if it made a lot of money in the process, good for them! So, knock yourselves out watching it guys.

For the ladies, it’s that time of the year again when we get together and make things happen. Just Us Girls present “When Women Worship” Conference on the 25th of June at both the Mainland and Island Centers of David’s Christian Centre. The theme for this year is “AMAGHIMO

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Please don’t ask me what it means (lol). But I can assure it’s definitely something good. Check out the Just Us Girls blog for more details. Do have an awesome weekend guys. And never stop watching the movies. See yah!

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    Neca Ugochukwu-Onyeka
    June 8, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    This was one of my best action movie this year…kept me glued to TV FROM BEGINNING TO END.I like the part where the President of the United States was almost beheaded publicly(laughs).

    It was fun..and never fell short of what action movies are made of…good movie directing(thumps up)

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