What seemed to be a harmless fishing trip, turns out to be a frame job for the attempted murder of US President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman). Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerald Butler), now has to free himself from prison, avoid being caught, all while looking for a way to prove his innocence and stop the real suspects before they kill the President.
Angel Has Fallen is the third installment in the Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016).
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the film stars Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, who were in the first two movies as well. The new cast consists of Jada Pinkett Smith as Helen Thompson, Lance Reddick as David Gentry, Nick Nolte as Clay Banning, Danny Houston as Wade Jennings, Tim Blake Nelson as Vice President Kirby, and Piper Perabo as Leah Banning.
It was a bit strange to see old characters with new faces but it was also a bit refreshing. Nolte’s portrayal of Mike’s father was actually quite something. Amidst all the knuckle-clenching action, this gave a touch of drama to the whole story.
Just like the two previous films, Gerard Butler’s experience in the action genre never fails to leave us in awe. The scenes in the movie made us suspend our disbelief as we watch the one-man takedown of the SS, FBI, the police force, and the real culprits of this whole unfortunate plot. However, the scenes shot in the dark with dizzying camera placements are a bit more than we would like them to be.
All in all, even if the story was quite a bit ambitious, the film didn’t fail to meet the expectation of the audience after two successful films. As unrealistic everything may be, somewhere we still want banning to be able to overcome all his obstacles and save the President.