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Angel Has Fallen

Published April 2, 2020

Angel Has Fallen

Film info

  • Title Angel Has Fallen
  • Director Ric Roman Waugh
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 2hrs 2m
  • Genres Action, Thriller
  • Tagline Loyalty is under fire

When there is an assassination attempt on US President Allan Trumbull, his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:26Helicopters always look so weird in slow motion.
4:35“Five thousand acre Disneyland.”
8:49Computer sales. Ha! Is that what they’re calling it these days.
10:36“These walls have more leaks than a submarine with a screen door.”
14:16Do not trust this friend guy as far as I could throw him.
18:04He’s such a lovely president.
20:53Woah. This drone situation is new.
23:15So hard to swim with your clothes on, but not with the threat of drone attack, I suppose.
29:08Love how Jada is tiny but I would absolutely not mess with her.
32:51It should really be called Guardian Angel Has Fallen then.
45:13“I ain’t dying for this, Bobby.” All fun and games until they start messing with a trained person.
48:53Nice truck.
52:10I don’t mind the jibe about Russia meddling in an election but how does that stack with Morgan being president for so long?
57:19“They’ll take it. Your honour, your youth. Your life.”
1:01:58Well the dad is the best thing in the movie so far.
1:15:05Lucky he’s a nurse then.
1:18:55Jada! These films do NOT like women.
1:23:15Very undignified, arguing in front of the president like that.
1:27:34Power has never transferred back? How interesting.
1:33:27Ooh, that silent infiltration is creepy.
1:37:40That is clever. Different room.
1:40:57Handy rocket launcher.
1:45:07…is it allowed to put in real footage of people like that? Sure Putin wouldn’t approve.
1:51:45Take care of the upstairs.

Thoughts

We’ve had a sort of love/hate relationship with these ‘Has Fallen’ movies, because they’ve not been very good but they are completely entertaining so it’s not the end of the world. I’m not sure we would have gotten around to this one if we weren’t looking for something particularly action-heavy and thinking-light.

I’m glad we did end up watching it though, because I thought it was actually really good - potentially the best one of the series! Butler isn’t an all-out bad-ass, his character is getting old and struggling with the aches and pains and mental health problems you’d associate with a life in the Secret Service.

He’s facing off against the bad guys again, and there are some slightly over the top sequences, but actually I thought it was clever in places, the story totally stacks up, and I enjoyed it. The only sour point was killing off Jada far too early. There were only two women in this movie, and I would have liked to see her do a bit more.

Rating: 3 / 5

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