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Angel Has Fallen Movie Details

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh
Produced by
  • Gerard Butler
  • Alan Siegel
  • Matt O’Toole
  • John Thompson
  • Les Weldon
  • Yariv Lerner
Screenplay by
  • Robert Mark Kamen
  • Matt Cook
  • Ric Roman Waugh
Story by
  • Creighton Rothenberger
  • Katrin Benedikt
Based on
Characters by

  • Creighton Rothenberger
  • Katrin Benedikt
  • Gerard Butler
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Lance Reddick
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Piper Perabo
  • Nick Nolte
  • Danny Huston
Music by David Buckley
Cinematography Jules O’Loughlin
Edited by Gabriel Fleming
Production company
  • Millennium Media
  • G-BASE
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • August 23, 2019 (United States)
Running time
121 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million
Box office $129.4 million


Back in 2013, when the near-identical ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ and ‘White House Down’ was released, I doubt you’d have found many people who could have predicted it was the former that would go on to spawn a trilogy. Nonetheless, I liked ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, and I even liked the heavily criticized ‘London Has Fallen’. They were big, dumb, stupidly entertaining action comedies – and they knew it. I was hoping for more of the same with this third installment.

Following an attack upon President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), the only surviving secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is falsely accused of orchestrating the attack. In the hope of clearing his name and finding the real threat, Banning is forced to go on the run.

Angel Has Fallen’ decides to follow a current trend of action heroes coming to terms with the fact that they’re probably getting too old for this shit. Banning is clearly feeling the aches and pains that come with the role, taking pills to try to cope rather than give up the job he loves. This angle actually intrigued me as it would have been a slightly different layer for the up till now 2D character. Sadly the filmmakers remembered what series they were working on and Banning quickly reverted back to being near-indestructible again.

Some of the critics are calling this the best film of the trilogy. For me, it’s the worst…by a long way! I could sit here and pick apart all the things that don’t make sense, but to some extent, a suspension of belief is expected when watching films like this. The reason why I disliked this film so much was because of how bored I felt watching it. Apart from the initial attack on the President, it took more than an hour for anything else remotely exciting happened. I was almost falling asleep.

Luckily in the third act, the filmed moved the story to a hospital, where the best of the action took place. Now, this was what I came to see. Fast-paced action scenes with gunfire and explosions, chases and fights. Butler was running around being heroic. The film was finally doing what I expected of it, and truth be told, had it not been for the hospital sequence I’d have been considering this either a 3/10 or 4/10 movie.

I can’t really give out much praise because very little about this film stood out as praise-worthy. The directing was mediocre, the writing was mediocre, the CGI was below average and most of the performances were instantly forgettable. The only actor I feel deserves a brief mention is Nick Nolte, who plays Clay Banning, Mike’s estranged father. He had a couple of good scenes when we first meet him and provided a little comedic relief at the end. Other than that there’s really nobody else worth discussing – at least not in a positive way.

The one thing I want from a film like this is fun. The first two films, despite all their flaws, were fun. ‘Angel Has Fallen’, aside from the hospital sequence, was unfortunately not fun for me.


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