Angel Has Fallen
|Angel Has Fallen|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ric Roman Waugh|
|Music by||David Buckley|
|Edited by||Gabriel Fleming|
|Box office||$23.2 million|
Angel Has Fallen is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Ric Roman Waugh. It is the third installment in the Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). The film stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte, and Danny Huston. The plot follows United States Secret Service agent Mike Banning, who must race against time to clear his name after being framed for an attack on the US President, Allan Trumbull.
The film was officially announced in October 2016, and Roman Waugh was hired in July 2017. New members of the cast were added in early 2018 and filming began in February of that year around Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.
The film was released in the United States on August 23, 2019, by Lionsgate. It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $23 million.
Plot ***SPOILERS ***
Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) undergoes training at a private military facility, and is recommended for the position of Secret Service Director by the President of the United States, Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), to replace retiring Director David Gentry (Lance Reddick). Banning hides the fact that he is suffering from migraines and insomnia with regular visits to several doctors, and begins taking medication to cope with recurring back pain.
While the President is on a rural fishing trip, armed drones attack his protection detail, with only Banning surviving and saving the President; both are incapacitated, with Trumbull in a coma. FBI Agent Helen Thompson (Jada Pinkett Smith) finds substantial evidence that Banning may be responsible for the attack, with the van used to carry out the attack containing Banning’s hair and DNA. Banning is subsequently arrested.
En route to a detention facility, Banning and his transport are ambushed. He escapes after killing the assailants, revealed to be agents who took part in his training exercise. Banning calls his wife Leah (Piper Perabo), letting her know he is alive. The call alerts Thompson to Banning’s location, leading to a car chase. but Banning escapes again before heading to his father’s home in the woods.
With Trumbull still comatose, Vice President Martin Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson) is sworn in as Acting President. It is revealed that Wade Jennings (Danny Huston), Banning’s friend and former fellow Army Ranger now CEO of paramilitary company Salient Global, has framed him. Via surveillance cameras, Banning and his father Clay (Nick Nolte) observe Jennings’ men approaching the house; Clay detonates explosives around the perimeter, killing the would-be attackers as he and Banning escape, and Banning reveals to his father that he has a wife and daughter. Leah and her daughter are on the verge of being kidnapped by Jennings’ men when Clay saves them. Kirby reveals to the press that Banning is responsible for the assassination attempt with support from the Russian government.
Finding the bodies around Clay’s cabin, Thompson deduces that Banning was set up. Thompson and another agent meet Jennings, who kills them both. Trumbull awakens from his coma, and Kirby is revealed to be involved with Jennings. Kirby plans to retaliate for the President’s “attempted assassination” by attacking Russia. Banning reaches Trumball’s hospital and is captured, but Trumbull orders his release. Banning leads Trumbull to safety with help from Gentry and other loyal agents, as Jennings destroys the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit by increasing the oxygen and nitrogen supply to unstable levels, causing an explosion.
Banning hides Trumbull and Gentry as Jennings’ men pursue them. After a long gun battle, Jennings attempts to escape via helicopter, which Banning destroys. They face off hand-to-hand, and Banning mortally stabs Jennings. Banning is exonerated while Trumbull and Gentry arrest Kirby for treason due to the evidence uncovered by Thompson. Clay decides to live with Banning and his family. Feeling guilty over his failure to protect Trumbull, as well as his undisclosed ailments, Banning offers his resignation, but Trumbull forgives his mistakes and offers Banning the promotion to Director of the Secret Service, which he accepts.
A great addition to the franchise. Some of the scenes were a little weak, with the director opting to use blurred generic backgrounds, instead of high-tech, more modern military environments, but it worked because of the above average acting. I swear Nick Nolte deserves an Academy Award for his role. If you like intense, action-packed, “save-the-world,” shoot ’em ups, this one is for you! 4.5 stars and highly rated. – MR