For an actor, being an action-movie president is the ultimate challenge. Not only do you have to be presidential, but you never know when you might be called upon to fire a machine gun, outrun a fireball, or toss off pithy one-liners sans teleprompter. And that's what makes London Has Fallen, the sequel to 2013's Die Hard-in-the-White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen, such a flailing, idiotic misfire. It's an embarrassment to the fictional presidents of America's action-movie past.
Like the original, the movie follows Gerard Butler's Trumpian oaf of a Secret Service agent as he protects the blandest action-movie president in the history of cinema, played by a square-jawed, dead-eyed Aaron Eckhart. The character is the action-movie equivalent of a warmed-over stump speech. Everything from his name (Benjamin Asher) to his interests (running) to his one flaw (he never has time for his kid!) is dull and forgettable. He makes Mitt Romney look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But there's still hope for President Asher. Olympus Has Fallen was a hit, and London Has Fallen will probably be one, too, making this the Taken series for presidents. I can already see the posters for the future sequels -- Paris Has Fallen, Australia Has Fallen, Earth Has Fallen -- so, if Eckhart and the writers of these movies study the examples I've outlined below, they can turn President Asher into an ass-kicking, world-saving action-hero POTUS. I offer these suggestions below not to denigrate a fictional president, but to put him on the right path. Like George Washington, I do this for my country.