Director: Babak Najafi
Writer: Creighton Rothenberger (screenplay), Katrin Benedikt (screenplay), Christian Gudegast (screenplay), Chad St. John (screenplay), Creighton Rothenberger (story), Katrin Benedikt (story), Creighton Rothenberger (based on characters created by), Katrin Benedikt (based on characters created by)
Stars: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Charlotte Riley, Angela Bassett
Runtime: 99 min
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Released: 4 Mar 2016
Synopsis: After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it.
The opening scene is set somewhere in Pakistan where terrorist mastermind and financier Aamir Barkawi (Alon Aboutboul) is reportedly responsible for a bombing in Europe. He is throwing a wedding celebration for his daughter at his compound. Barkawi talks with two of his sons about one of them finding a mole, a German agent, in one of their terrorist cells in Lebanon. When he learns that the mole had been killed, he tells his sons to be “absolute” with removing the threat (implying to not only kill the spy but kill the spy’s whole family as well). As the celebration is underway, an informant working as one of the waiters leaves a text message to the United States government to Barkawi’s location. The military located in Nevada launches a drone strike against it just as the informant leaves. The compound blows up, supposedly killing Barkawi along with his family.
Two years later.
President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his top Secret Service agent/best friend Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) are jogging together near the White House in Washington (which is still recovering from the terrorist attack in the previous film). Mike returns home where it is revealed that he is currently expecting his first child with his wife Leah (Radha Mitchell). He is hoping to take some time off to spend time with his family and to finish setting up the nursery. She clearly becomes irritated by the number of security cameras in the room that he has installed.
In Yemen, we see Barkawi is still alive (but walking with a limp), and he meets with his son Kamran (Waleed Zuaiter). They begin to set in motion plans for revenge.
Back in Washington, Asher and Mike are both informed that the British Prime Minister James Wilson has recently passed away. They, along with Asher’s staff, including now Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett), travel to London to join all the other world leaders for Wilson’s funeral. Believing it to be heavily secured, they are proven wrong when several mercenaries under Barkawi’s commands initiate an attack, starting with a bomb destroying the Canadian prime minister’s leader’s limo. Soon, the mercenaries disguised as royal guards and police officers begin opening fire on civilians and other world leaders. The female German chancellor is killed by two assassins at Buckingham Palace before they are killed. The Japanese prime minister and his driver are killed on a bridge when two suicide bombers blow up both support spans and allowing the bridge to fall into the river. The Italian prime minister is killed with his mistress while standing atop Westminister Abbey. The French president is killed in his boat when another suicide bomber sails a barge containing explosives close to the boat. At St. Paul’s Cathedral, Mike takes Asher and Jacobs with him to safety while shooting the mercs in the street.