ANGEL HAS FALLEN
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Writers: Robert Mark Kamen, Matt Cook, Ric Roman Waugh, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt
Stars: Gerard Butler, Frederick Schmidt, Danny Huston, Morgan Freeman
Release Date: August 23, 2019
Uggghhhh, I wanted this to be good so bad!
Angel Has Fallen is the third film in the “has fallen” trilogy, and while it is not the worst of the movies…this action movie is incredibly uninspiring and very disappointing. Thought I will admit to asking myself this…why am I so disappointed by it when London Has Fallen (2016) was terrible as well? Maybe this is just personal preference and rooting for Gerard Butler to succeed, but again I’m left nit-picking for purely tolerable moments.
Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is dealing with personal baggage in the process of potentially being promoted. Then out of nowhere, Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman). He must escape the grasp of the feds all while trying to uncover the real threat behind the murder attempt. Along the way he is reunited with his father Clay Banning (Nick Nolte) and must fight for the safety of his wife and kids.
Here is the thing on Angel Has Fallen, the antagonists in this movie are obvious beyond compare. It’s like looking through a microscope and having them wave up to you and scream “HEY IT’S ME, WE ARE THE BAD GUYS.” Wade Jennings (Danny Huston) is a dealer in private military…and Vice President Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson) is filmed as if he is the smallest politician of all time with the largest Napoleon complex of all time. How Banning didn’t put the dots together is beyond me! Now having a predictable plot for a horror movie is okay, but having bad action, that is unacceptable.
Angel Has Fallen has no memorable action scenes. We’ve got Clay Banning and drones blowing things up, but in terms of gun fire and actual adrenaline inducing moments…there is nothing to write home about. In fact, the only unique action sequence is the opening three minutes. The only thing is that we know right away it isn’t real because it’s far to distinctive to fit into the “has fallen” universe.
There are seven people with writing credits on Angel Has Fallen, and yet the story is incredibly BLAHHHHHHH. Again, it’s okay to be simple, but don’t over complicate things. Why did Banning need to deal with a drug problem? Why did he have a crisis of confidence with a new job? Why did he suddenly care so much for his family? I wanted to the guy who was brutal in his killings and wasn’t afraid to kick-ass and take names. That Mike Banning did not exist in Angel Has Fallen.
Just a horrendous disappointment of a movie. Not a good movie, and not even a good action movie. WHYYYY Butler?? I need a better batting average from you!
STANKO RATING: D (1.5/5 Stars)