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Film ● Mini-Review: Angel Has Fallen

Title: Angel Has Fallen

Director(s): Ric Roman Waugh

Screenwriter(s): Robert Mark Kamen, Matt Cook & Ric Roman Waugh

Released: 2019

Runtime: 2h 1m

Angel Has Fallen

● As the title suggests, the premise predictably ups the ante. This time, an assassination attempt is made on President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is framed for it. He escapes custody and has to operate alone as a fugitive. And by the way, Russia is behind it all. I am not sure what the writers’ intentions are, but it’s still funny.

● All of a sudden, Banning has a never-before-mentioned father who is some crazy veteran (Nick Nolte) living in the middle of nowhere. Obviously, Banning needs a place to go to as he can’t be on the run for long without getting caught. In this day and age, that’s not remotely realistic but I am not sure if this is the best way to handle it. It comes across as too convenient.

● In any case, it is a straightforward action flick. Even though it tries to up the threat for the hero, there isn’t that much tension. Although far from a complete disappointment, it is clearly the weakest of the three films.

This mini-review is part of the collection for Taken clones and derivatives.


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