Angel Has Fallen
Well, here we go again. Agent Mike Banning has thwarted North Korean terrorists when they attacked The white house and held the president captive when Olympus fell. A few years later he has to protect the President again when Pakistani terrorists try to kill Western World leaders visiting London to pay respects to the UK Prime minister who died mysteriously days before. Yes, London fell but good Ol’ Mike was there to pick them up. Now the president ‘Guardian Angel’ has fallen and who will help him this time around. Yup, you guessed it he’s gonna do it himself because this is an action movie and he’s a man of action.
Olympus was a decent movie for its time. Unfortunately, another movie where the white house is attacked popped up 3 months later and as far as I was concerned was much better. Well maybe because they had twice the budget of Olympus might be why. Next, we head over to London for the second installment of the franchise and good lord that movie was garbage, that all I’m saying about it. So when this one popped up, of course, I raise my hand to see it because why not, I’m a glutton for punishment.
I walked into the movie wanting this character dead. Just kill him off and stop making shit ‘fall’, I swear I’m expecting a 4th movie “Heaven has Fallen” where he's gotta fight terrorists on the International Space Station. I’m getting way ahead of myself though so let's deal with the third movie, Angel has Fallen, where the presidents' guardian angel has fallen from grace.
In this one, we find out that Agent Banning is in line for a promotion to a high-level desk job, but he loves being a field agent and doesn't want to give that life up. Problem is he’s suffering in silence and has been for a long time. After so many years of explosions, shootouts and other bumps and bruises on the job Mike is beginning to suffer from PTSD and begins popping pills like M&M’s to mask the issues he’s dealing with. While on an outing with president Trumbull Mike experiences an episode and needs to take a break it’s at this point the big bad decides to attack the president's boat. Long story short Mike ends up being framed for attempting to assassinate the president.
The movie takes on parts of Lethal Weapon 3, “I’m too old for this shit”, The Fugitive’s ‘man on the run’, and The Hunted - right down to an “it’ll do” knife fight, but doesn’t come off as good as any of those movies. There is one redeeming quality of the movie and that’s, Nick Nolte. Nolte plays Clay Banning, Mike’s estranged father who lives off the grid and doesn’t trust anything government, i.e he’s a crazy old man that lives in the woods! Every movie has that one “HOLY CRAP” moment in it and Nolte’s action sequence was it.
Even though the movie is pretty much average for an action film the story itself is way better than what we got in London Has Fallen so that's got to count for something, right?