Title: Angel Has Fallen
Release Date: August 23, 2019
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Starring: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte, and Danny Huston
I want to make the easy joke that “this franchise has fallen.” It would be really easy to do and make me sound legit. The only problem is… this franchise was never really all that good to begin with. It started off mediocre and kinda just got shittier with easy subsequent sequel. Seeing how we’re on the third movie in this series now, it’s finally reached the point of no return. This is a bad movie. There’s very little to take away from it. I kinda just feel like I wasted two hours watching it.
Unlike the last one, this plot is pretty simple. Someone has tried to assassinate the president (again) and make it look like Mike (Butler) did it. At the very least, this takes us into new territory for the franchise. Unfortunately, it’s super predictable. Within the first twenty minutes, I knew who the bad guys were and how the movie was going to end. I’m not going to give anything away here but it’s one of those movies where the twist is that the guy who always plays the villain is… playing the villain. *Dun, dun, dun.* That leaves a very straight forward “man on the run” plot that we’ve seen a million times. Also, it kind of just ends with the same general plot as the other movies. There’s just a hour and a half preamble before the same plot happens again.
It’s incredible to me that we’re on the third movie of this franchise and I still don’t give a crap about any of the characters. The main lead is cliched and boring. The president might as well be a cardboard cutout. His wife’s only role is to be worried for him. And every single villain in this thing should be twirling their mustaches with their lines. (I will admit though that Nick Nolte’s character is, sometimes, a bright spot.) Most video game characters have more dimension than these guys do.
I kind of like the dynamic the last two movies had between the president and his secret service agent. It felt like even though it was Mike’s job to protect the president, he enjoyed doing so because they were friends as well. However, that’s just thrown out the window here. Freeman takes over as the president and has almost no chemistry with Butler. Which is odd, because it felt like they did in the previous movies. Maybe Morgan Freeman just didn’t want to be there. I don’t blame him.
Lastly, I can’t believe how boring the action is in this. In the age of John Wick, Kingsman, and The Raid, it should not be permitted to be this boring. Like, it’s just dudes shooting at each other from fifty feet away. There’s no cool stunt work. No style. No flair. It’s so bleh. So uninspired. So forgettable. Your dad is going to love it for some reason.
But, I guess no one should be surprised. These movies are what they are at this point. They’ve just faded from meh to crap. That’s quite the legacy I guess.
TL;DR: With a weak plot, paper-thin characters and dull action, Angel Has Fallen is easily the worst in a already pretty forgettable action franchise.
Score: 1 Star (I hated it.)