They keep falling! We started with Olympus Has Fallen in 2013, then it was London's turn and now Washington DC in Angel Has Fallen.
For the third time, Gerard Butler gets into the skin of Agent Mike Banning in Angel Has Fallen to save the nation's neck by putting the president of the United States in safety, while orchestrating a betrayal around him. It is easy to anticipate the story and the script twists as soon as there is some cinephile baggage because there is not even much willingness to hide the cards by choosing an amazing casting.
So what is most enjoyable is the new approach that is given to the hero, whom we recover in low hours accusing the consequences derived from his work, the character of Nick Nolte (a kind of outlaw prepper), and a couple of good sequences shot with care: the attack of the drones in a lake in which the president is fishing and a labyrinthine building in which he is put safe in which an interesting sequence with parallel assembly and zenith filming is written.
As we already anticipated, in Angel Has Fallen, Banning does not go through its best moment: it drags physical consequences due to the intensity of its profession, but he does not want to accept an administrative position because he considers that it is against his nature and that he still has the capacity to work in his favourite field. Just when he is trying to figure out what to do with his future, President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) is attacked by a swarm of explosive drones that use extremely advanced technology.
The entire White House security team is shot down except for the president, whom Banning takes out at the last moment of danger. However, all suspicions fall on him and with the president badly wounded and unconscious to speak in his favor, he becomes a fugitive sought by the FBI and repudiated by his own companions.
He therefore needs to "get out of the system," which will lead him to contact his father, Clay (Nick Nolte), who lives outlawed in the woods. Next to him he will repel a new attack of his enemies and begin to pull the thread to discover who is behind the attacks. What he is going to discover is not going to be good him: especially because he sets the target again in Trumbull and, incidentally, is about to cause international instability that could end in war.
This franchise has already accustomed us to a certain level of grandiloquence that, of course, is not lacking on this occasion either, but it is true that Angel Has Fallen tries to take history through a more intimate and personal course. After all, it is a story more focused on the main character, on his motivations and on the choice of his future than on the political or social scope of the actions of the group of terrorists that pose the great threat, this never really gives the feeling that they are going to get away with it, given that viewers know by heart the formula to which the film is attached. In other words: few surprises, tiny risks.
Because of its planning and tone, it is likely that this third installment is, in fact, the best film in the trilogy, without it being to shoot rockets either. And the budget has a lot to do with the final result: the money invested in hiring Nick Nolte is better justified.
Yes, the hand of Ric Roman Waugh is noticed in the realization, especially in the direction of specialists... In fact the film starts with a sequence made to measure on how to get more muscles: when the sets are smaller it works much better. In short, without great boasting, the film will please those who look for a conventional action movie and know how to forgive their shortcomings.