I had the fine luck of watching
'London Has Fallen' last night - and after watching the movie (it doesn't
matter if it was in random shots), I could not stop myself from writing about
Okay, I decided I would not go
too deep as it will reduce gravity of my words. I decided to keep it direct -
but with a bit of haziness. After all, we all exist in greys - with only
occasional interactions with extremities.
The obvious first step or the
first brush on penning some words about the movie was going for that little
birdie on Twitter. And here a shocking revelation was waiting for me. When I
tried my tweet with the hashtag #LondonHasFallen, I found that I was the first
person using that hashtag.
Now, it was the first natural
hashtag that people should have gone with while writing about the movie. Why
they haven't sounds a bit strange. Anyway, I 'created' the #LondonHasFallen
hashtag (and felt good on creating something) and went ahead with my tweet.
Now, it is the time for my
reflections on the movie:
Well, first of all, the movie is of epic
proportions - the kind of destruction, and that too of London, and that too not
by supernatural heroes, but by terrorists, is unprecedented.
No other producer or director can
think to show London fallen to this extent. No actor can expect that the
creative freedom to show destruction can be taken to this extent.
No producer, director or actor
can be so unbelievably bold in killing most of important world leaders in one
go - an act that #LondonHasFallen does so efficiently.
And where the mastery lies - in
the manner all world leaders have shown to be executed - quickly, swiftly (and
The conspiracy has been shown so
adept and meticulous that you can see a French President is shown taking
waterways to reach London (without the routine entourage and security) or an
Italian power couple giggles and ogles from a building and so on.
The meticulousness goes to the
next level as the film shows the main protagonist and the side protagonist
(here the US President) on the run and terrorists find men and eyes in every
part of London virtually hijacking the city - where all layers of defence -
aerial or ground forces or from Thames are shown completely fallen - with no
trace of their activity.
And when so much of filmmaking
talent is oozing here, brimming over, in fact, is spilling over, who cares
about CGI or special effects or acting. The epic level of disaster on display
takes care of everything. The movie leaves no time to think about storyline,
character development or points of logics/ill-logics/bad logics/silly
Certainly, the movie that has
earned thrice of its budget will remain a 'lone' achiever for the years to
come. After all, it is rare to see so much of talent - in acting, directing and
cinema-making - coming together on a single platform.
Thanks folks for giving us this filmmaking
gem - a class act - like a 'lone wolf' - a study in point - that will be read
again and again.