angel has fallen

DIRECTOR: Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, snitch)
starring:
gerard butler, morgan freeman, nick nolte, and danny huston

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat.

Unfortunately I missed the critic's screening of Angel Has Fallen but having grown up on late 90's action flicks with my brother and visiting my home town for 24 hours it was the perfect excuse to grab some pizza and head to the pictures with my little bro. You could almost smell the gunpowder as bullets flew, ridiculous amounts of explosions went off, and Gerard Butler got his action man swagger on. Heck yeah!!!

Authorities take Secret Service agent Mike Banning into custody for the failed assassination attempt of U.S. President Allan Trumbull. After escaping from his captors, Banning must evade the FBI and his own agency to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, he soon turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name and save the country from imminent danger.

I've seen critics whinging about Angel Has Fallen online and it makes me roll my eyes. Have they not seen the previous two films? They're over the top, pop corn action flicks. Nothing more, nothing less. And Angel Has Fallen is no different - and thats exactly why my brother and I went to it. 

The story is coherent, layered, and builds tension well. Danny Huston, Butler's Banning's old comrade, is menacingly evil and a great adversary for Butler. Nick Nolte is another great addition to the cast and stirred plenty of laughs from the Friday night crowd whenever he appeared. 

Some of the CGI was a bit dodgy but the action, although not incredibly innovative, was slick, fast, and furious. Angel Has Fallen was exactly what a good action film should be: filled with big explosions, gun battles, and a few laughs. Perfect Friday night entertainment. 

Angel Has Fallen does everything it promises on the wrapper: big explosions, gun battles, and a few laughs. Perfect Friday night entertainment. 

★★★

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