Epic action flicks are always a riot to see because they promise excitement, fun, and potentially some legendary sequences. The army of stars who have portrayed heroic figures continues to grow and in some cases those heroes drop into multiple installments that vary in quality. Tonight is an example of one such franchise that continues to push that hero to new heights in an attempt to squeeze every dollar out of the franchise. Could a third installment of the legendary Secret Service agent Mike Banning be one of those movies that is all about the cash and less about the quality? Well Robbie K is back again to give some thoughts as we finish up the weekend with what will hopefully live up to hopes and expectations I have for it. Tonight we look at:
Movie: Angel Has Fallen (2019)
- Constantly Moving
- Gets the Intensity Starting
- Nice Use Of Characters
- The Ending Battle
- Nick Nolte
- Mystery Lacking
- Not As Much Exciting Acting
- Morgan Freeman’s Character Semi Lacking
Like its predecessors, Angel Has Fallen is back in the habit of making a story that is all about moving from danger site to danger site. Banning’s latest journey does not take long to get things moving, bringing the incident to full, explosive power to get the antics going. The new tale then takes that intensity and tries to run with it the full time, finding few times to quiet down before the next set of problems sets in. Angle Has Fallen surprisingly does a nice job of integrating the characters, most of them, throughout the film, keeping them involved in the developing plot and having them contribute to find the solution. Jada Pinkett Smith’s character is there to act as the cat chasing the proverbial mouse, all while helping dig into the mess that Mike has fallen into. His wife played by Piper is working on her own components and rather than being left to make casual appearances, she actually gets decent inclusion in this film. Yet, it’s the living legend of Nick Nolte who takes the cake for the character of the film for me. The rugged, rough voiced actor really brings the bitter humor to life, somehow saying so little , but doing so much. I thoroughly enjoyed this character in what he brought and how he was an attempt to break up the Fallen series monotony. Yet despite who you grip onto in this sort of action, mystery, crime feature, the ending is my epic conclusion I was hoping to see in this film. Angel Has Fallen is all about those special effect frenzies that are littered with gun play, explosives, and one man defying all odds. You won’t be disappointed with the final sequence, as it captures the spirit of the first two after the long wait.
In terms of areas of improvement though this reviewer notes that the predictability and lack of surprise makes the hidden/mystery element of this movie a little lame. You know who is pretty much behind this operation, how they are going to try to execute the plan, and what will most likely happen to counter it. In fact the only thing to question is who is going to make it to the end. Had a few more surprises been thrown in, this movie could have had the nice twist to make it stand out. Sadly, the story and plot were geared more towards the character inclusion and loud antics of the movie. The Fallen series always struggles with volume control for me and if you have sensitive ears like mine, the intensity of all the high-octane scenes might take its toll on you hearing so look for ear plugs or folding your ears. The minor things aside, the movie surprisingly does not do much with Morgan Freeman, and if you remember the previous films the president kind of has a big role in each of the films Maybe due to scheduling or maybe trying to be different, it’s not until the end where the man in charge is finally brought back into the story in an attempt to wrap things up. And speaking of action, I seem to remember the first two films having much more action than this instalment. It seems that this film toned back on the action in an attempt to give us a little more story and mystery, which is a shame as I wanted the adrenaline fest these films are. Certainly there are “exciting” moments, but they swapped many of their guns for some new spins that did not have the same suspense or quality of the memorable moments from the first two. If that’s up your alley then you’ll love this, but remember the ending has the battles we love, you just got to make it there.
Overall Angel Has Fallen is starting to settle down and try out new venues for telling their story. Certainly the speed of the film series continues, and the intensity gets things moving quickly to keep you into the film as almost all characters are brought into this chapter of Secret Service agent against the world. Sadly, the same formula of fighting with lots of guns and ambushing via covert attacks seems to be resting for much of this movie, again trying new gimmicks to make it stand out and reserve the usual techniques for the ending. It would have worked more for me had they kept the mystery/surprises going to add on to the intensity and leave your jaw dropping. Still, it’s a fine addition to the franchise and one most will be wanting to see in theaters due to the special effects and speaker shaking loudness. My scores are:
Movie Overall: 6.5