Movie Review: Angel has Fallen


“Angel has Fallen” is the third, and possibly the last installment in this franchise, that started with “Olympus has Fallen”, released in 2013. Olympus has Fallen is arguably one the best action movies ever produced, about a gang of North Korean’s who invade and take over the White House. This sequel “London has Fallen”, released 3 years later, was unfortunately not nearly as good as the original. Angel has Fallen is also not as good as the original, but it is much better than London has Fallen. The main problem I had with this film is that there are not enough action scenes for too much of the 2 hours and because of this, the high level of tension that was present in the first movie was not maintained for enough of the movie, until the end.

Gerard Butler, who plays Mike Banning is perfect for this role of a secret service agent, who is put into impossible situations that always involve imminent death and martial arts skills that are always far better than almost all of his combatants. The plot of Angel has Fallen was very obvious to figure out and I thought that Jada Pinkett was miscast as the lead FBI agent. I also didn’t like the producers using a different actress, Piper Perabo to play Banning’s wife only because of a scheduling conflict. In the interest of continuity, it would have been better for fans of the franchise to make the schedule work and not give Banning a different wife. Nick Nolte is also in this installment as Banning’s father, who is living in the woods and looks like a mountain man, who is far older than Nolte’s 79 years. I thought the chemistry between Butler and Nolte was very well done in this story and the funny ending was well done.

The Rotten Tomatoes review of this film is a way too low 46% and once again the critics are wrong. Angel has Fallen is a very solid action movie and the correct rating is 75%.  I recommend Angel has Fallen.

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