Angel Has Fallen Review
Gerard Butler is back for a third serving as Secret Service action hero Mike Banning in this Angel Has Fallen review. The film also stars Nick Nolte, Morgan Freeman, Piper Perabo, Jada Pinkett Smith and more. It’s directed by Ric Roman Waugh and distributed locally by Viva International Pictures!
For this Angel Has Fallen review, I must say that there are a lot of good but certainly a lot of bad stuff peppered all throughout the movie. There may be spoilers in this review so…
Angel Has Fallen Trailer
First of all, the action is highly commendable. Butler may be old and years past his best role as King Leonidas in 300 but that doesn’t mean he can’t kick ass on screen. Whether its gun-kata or shooting down paramilitary blokes, we action fans would be in for a treat. The film’s opening moments alone is intense as hell and that for me was fun.
Everything in the film is predictable. Even the villains are predictable. How could you even trust Danny Huston when he already fought against Wonder Woman and even Wolverine in past movies. The man looks like he’s always up to no good (which means he’s an effective actor to boot). The finale was obvious, the action sequences were sort of predictable… well except for one which I won’t spoil.
The VFX is one of the pain points for this film and I have to point that out in this Angel Has Fallen review. There was a particular scene where a hospital was blown up and its just badly rendered that its really, really obvious that it was computer generated images falling on Banning’s secret service team.
Always nice to see Lance Reddick in movies. It’s a nice break to see him too in a movie outside the John Wick movie franchise.
My only concern here is how the story was developed. It was too simple-minded with very little afterthought done on the established history of the characters. It was a good thing too that they found a way to have Morgan Freeman in the project without him shooting so many scenes.The other cast members? Not so much.
So just to recap with as little words as possible:
1 Action was good
2. Plot was barely working, but serviceable
3. Weak CGI for some moments of the film.
4. The visual effects are OK to dismal depending on which scenes were talking about.
Angel Has Fallen Review – Verdict
Do we really need a third movie? Are the people in this universe that dumb to not realize that they were all being played? Still, for something predictable, I had fun with Angel Has Fallen. Too bad, I had to switch off expectations mid-way through the movie to really enjoy it. Plus there were a lot of things that just didn’t make sense… AT all. To its benefit though, the film was carried on highly entertaining Gerard Butler. While it was mostly predictable, I love that one moment where I wasn’t expecting one thing to happen which involves hiding the POTUS played by Morgan Freeman. That was kinda fresh for me.