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Blu-ray Review: Angel Has Fallen

December 3, 2019

By John Corrado

★★ (out of 4)

The third film in the Has Fallen series, following 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen and its 2016 sequel London Has Fallen, Angel Has Fallen finds Secret Service officer Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) being framed for an assassination attempt against President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), and racing against time to prove his innocence.

Like the first two films in the series, Angel Has Fallen is a B-movie action thriller that is riddled with clichés. At the start of the film, Banning is broken down and bruised after years of service, and is contemplating retiring from active duty and taking a desk job as director of security for the White House, which would allow him to spend more time with his wife (Piper Parabo) and their young daughter.

But this is an action movie after all, so his retirement plans are inevitably interrupted. When the president becomes the subject of a missile attack during a fishing trip with Banning, which puts the commander in chief in a coma and kills every single member of his security detail save for Banning, the FBI blames the attack on him and believes him to be acting with orders from the Russians. Banning goes on the run, and a massive manhunt is put in place to track him down, as he goes rogue to find out who is actually responsible for the attack.

This is not a great movie. It’s easy to see where it’s going right from the start, and even the film’s few twists are predictable. But it’s not a terrible one, either. The action scenes are fine if not overly inspired, and the film does have some moments, most of which involve Nick Nolte, who appears as a hermit in the woods that Banning finds living off grid without the interference of “Big Brother.” Nolte has a lot of fun in the role, delivering a scene-stealing performance that almost makes the movie.

At the end of the day, Angel Has Fallen is simply a very mediocre popcorn flick, which I guess is fine, because I don’t think anyone was really expecting anything more than that from the third film in a lower tier action franchise like this anyways. It’s the sort of thing that those who saw or enjoyed the first two will likely want to check out, so if you fall into that camp, then I suppose it’s mildly worth a rental.

The Blu-ray also includes six featurettes (Even Heroes Fall: The Story, Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood, Calling All Angels: Casting, True Faith: Authenticity, Fight for You: Stunts and Action, and Earth Angel: Recreating DC), as well as a trio of scenes (Drone Attack, Truck Chase and Zero Gravity) broken down with commentary by director Ric Roman Waugh.

Angel Has Fallen is a VVS Films release. It’s 121 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: November 26th, 2019

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