I just watched “London Has Fallen”
Else Feikje van der Berg

I haven’t seen the film, and definitely wouldn’t want to after reading your review, which I am sure is quite fair and accurate. Films, like television, “the news”, social media, video games, art, music, and oh yes, that other, older forum, which most people seem to have forgotten — books, literature, and the written word — can be extremely powerful, and extremely persuasive and influential: either for good or for ill. While the propaganda machine drones on, and even increases its all-pervasive blare, to ever-more shrill and obscene degrees — as the people begin to wake up, and it begins to lose its effect, which is precisely why it is becoming more shrill, and sounding ever more extreme and more desperate — great books, literature, music, art and film, thankfully still exist, and are still being created. A few films to counter-balance such pathological mental poison as this film you just reviewed might include — as an extremely short list, just off the top of my head: V for Vendetta, The Matrix, Gladiator, Avatar, 300, Thunderheart, The End of Violence, The Island, Brazil, Kafka, The Gauntlet, The Outlaw Jose Wales, A Fist Full of Dollars, Magnum Force, Ultraviolet, A Handmaid’s Tale, Defiance, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Unleashed — keeping it for the moment to action films, to keep with the genre. Thankfully, not everything produced is either poison or pap.

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