London Has Fallen: Bromance at the Movies
Released on digital platforms from 11th July, 2016 and onto Blu-ray & DVD from 18th July, 2016, the ultimate buddy duo President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his top security detail Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) are back to save the world from imminent danger once again. This time, however, the American duo is on foreign ground, in London. This is new territory for the pair but Asher and Banning remain astonishingly in sync.
Whether they will admit it or not, there does seem to be a special bond, dare we say bromance… that develops between the two men working toward a mutual mission. Remind you of any other pairs? From Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars to Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street, we continue to enjoy watching co-dependent male partners on film. In celebration of the return of the bro-mantic partnership of alpha males in London Has Fallen, here’s a look at some more of our favourite duos that give new meaning to the term “partner in crime.”
President Benjamin Asher & Mike Banning | Olympus has Fallen (2013)
What binds President Asher and his chief security detail Mike Banning is their mutual allegiance to duty. Though the friendship began on complicated terms, Asher and Banning eventually came together because of their common understanding that when the world is in danger, it’s no longer important to play by the rules. Don’t look for sentiment here; Asher and Banner are macho to the core. The duo is about action, not words, and little of those need be exchanged in order for them to communicate. Still, rare moments of softness are all we need to see the true depth of dependence, loyalty, and friendship between these two.
Han Solo & Chewbacca | Star Wars (1977)
Perhaps it’s the contrast of a partnership that is one half furry, one half human, but few bromances are more endearing than that between Hans Solo and Chewbacca. One of the toughest partnerships in space, Han and Chewy are nothing but a pair of softies in each other’s presence. We need not understand Chewbacca’s native tongue, nor see his face behind all that fur to understand the love in both his words and face when communicating with Han. Likewise, as lethal as Han may be as an opponent, he is powerless to the requests of his beloved partner. Leia may have written Han Solo off years ago, but at least Han can always count on Chewy to be his trusty sidekick.
Roger Murtaugh & Martin Riggs | Lethal Weapon (1987)
Riggs and Murtaugh: like salt and pepper, like peanut butter and jelly, like cookies and milk; though completely different, these duos are simply better together than apart. When seasoned Vietnam vet and long-time LAPD homicide detective, Murtaugh, and volatile ex-special forces and LAPD narcotics officer, Martin Riggs are forced to team up on a homicide case, neither man is at his best. Murtaugh has just turned 50 and is feeling a bit insecure about his age. Alternatively, Riggs is suicidal after the recent loss of his wife. The relationship starts off on a rough note, however, after Riggs comes through for Murtaugh in a critical moment to save his life, deep trust is solidified between the two. Murtaugh welcomes Riggs into his home, and we go on to see the dynamic duo fight badass LAPD crime in three subsequent sequels.
Agent K & Agent J | Men in Black (1997)
Old school and cool, Agent K and Agent J may have different approaches to just about everything, but when it comes to fighting aliens, one is the yin to the other’s yang. In Men in Black, Agent K was slow to accept Agent J. However, by the sequel, Agent K has come to look at Agent J as a son. Agent K has taught Agent J everything he knows, and Agent J has taught him a few things in return. One of Will Smith’s breakout films opposite unlikely partner Tommy Lee Jones.
Woody & Buzz Lightyear | Toy Story (1995)
One wears a cowboy hat and carries a lasso, while the other wears a space suit and shoots laser beams for protection. However, despite differing means of doing so, Woody and Buzz are united by their mutual love for their owner Andy, and duty to protect him and the other toys of Andy’s room from harm. Woody and Buzz demonstrate that the power friendship transcends all boundaries, and loyalty makes a good partnership impenetrable. You got a friend in me…
Detective Inspector Lee & Detective James Carter | Rush Hour (1998)
The unlikely pairing of the arrogant and impetuous LAPD Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) and the respected Chinese Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) on a case to track down the Chinese Consul’s kidnapped daughter is the beginning of a bromance that makes for comedy gold. Kung Fu tradition meets LA street smarts, cultures clash, and jokes fly. However throughout the mission, Lee and Carter learn much more from each other than they expect. Though the two detectives feign annoyance with one another, there is an endearing appreciation and respect between the two that makes the partnership unforgettable.
Frodo & Sam | Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
They may not be what we think of as traditional heroes, but this humble hobbit duo make up one of the most compelling bro buddy partnerships to ever touch the silver screen. When Frodo is tasked with destroying a legendary ring inherited from his uncle, his life-long friend Sam willingly agrees to join him for the perilous journey. Two sensible hobbits with no previous ambitions for personal heroism, Frodo and Sam bravely fight some of the toughest obstacles ever written. We love an underdog, and this partnership of two undeniably charming underdogs makes for a surprisingly fierce and deeply captivating team.
Greg Jenko and Mortan Schmidt(2012)
When the high-school heartthrob, Greg Jenko and class nerd, Mortan Schmidt team up seven years later in the police force for an undercover mission as students at their alma matter, their identities get mixed up. Unsuspecting Schmidt finds himself in the cool crowd, while Jenko struggles through the advanced placement track. The team help each other navigate unfamiliar territory, and in the end, Jenko learns enough chemistry to make a home-made bomb that saves the day, while Schmidt enjoys a small slice of popularity to give him the confidence he’s always lacked. In a hilarious comedy of errors we see how two unlikely friends help each other to become the best policeman they can be, and an unstoppable force.
LONDON HAS FALLEN
On digital platforms from 11th July, 2016
On Blu-ray & DVD from 18th July, 2016
courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment