FILM REVIEW: Angel Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen was an average film at best, so it was surprising when the action flick was granted a sequel back in 2016.

London Has Fallen took the action out of the White House and onto the streets of the British capital, but was still far from memorable.

Now, in a move surely no one actually asked for or needed, the series has been filled out with a third film: Angel Has Fallen.

The 'angel' of the title refers to the protagonist of the trilogy, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler, whose accent seems to have improved slightly in this instalment).

In this movie - after spending the two previous films saving the life of the then-president (played terribly by Aaron Eckhart, a very un-presidential man who is thankfully absent from this edition) - Banning is accused of trying to assassinate the new president, Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman).

Over the course of the series Trumbull has risen from Speaker of the House to Vice President to POTUS, and Freeman is much more believable in the Oval Office (after all, he sat in the chair in Deep Impact back in 1998).

With the entire world believing he was responsible for the attack on the president, Banning must utilise all his skills to stay under the radar and clear his name.

Father and son: Gerard Butler (right) returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning alongside Nick Nolte as father Clay Banning in Angel Has Fallen, rated MA15+, in cinemas now.

Father and son: Gerard Butler (right) returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning alongside Nick Nolte as father Clay Banning in Angel Has Fallen, rated MA15+, in cinemas now.

This leads him to his very-off-the-radar father Clay Banning (Nick Nolte), who is holed up in the woods and living like the Unabomber.

Surprisingly, Nolte is an excellent addition to the franchise.

The banter between estranged father and son is actually enjoyable and it's good to get a little more backstory for our main character.

Banning is the main problem the Fallen series has. Unlike the Die Hard or John Wick movies - which have hugely memorable and charismatic leads - this franchise has a protagonist that most viewers will forget the name of as soon as they leave the theatre.

Angel has Fallen doesn't really change this fact, but it goes a ways to improving it.

The latest film is probably the best and most mature, but hopefully it is also the last. The plot ain't great and it's clear that most of the supporting cast are not that dedicated to the work (Radha Mitchell was replaced by Piper Perabo as Banning's wife).

Rating: 6.5/10