Angel Has Fallen - New Challenge For Gerard Butler


Angel Has Fallen:


The "Has Fallen" series of films enter the third round: again on the front line with a determined yet doubtful Gerard Butler.

At the side of the Brit are Nick Nolte, Morgan Freeman and Jada Pinkett Smith. On one of the advertising posters for this US film, it says: "The Hero Becomes The Fugitive".

The hero becomes the hunted. The hero, of course, is Gerard Butler ("300"), aka Mike Banning, an agent of the American Secret Service, who now has his third movie adventure.

Banning now becomes the hunted, the fugitive; he must uncover a plot whose goal he is himself. As in the predecessor films of 2013 and 2016,

"Olympus Has Fallen" and "London Has Fallen", Morgan Freeman plays at Butler's side. Also on show are Jada Pinkett Smith, Nick Nolte and Piper Perabo.

The first two "Has Fallen" films together generated over 370 million US dollars at the international box office.

Mike Banning is a drawn man. Deep furrows have struck all the stakes as a bodyguard of the President in his face.

Among them is the use shown in "London Has Fallen" Banning around an act of terrorism in the British capital.

Migraine, insomnia, damage to the spinal cord: Mike is no longer useful as a person-protecting agent. As a "couch potato" but sees the guy with the asphalt voice then not yet.

And so it happens that Mike finds himself soon after the film begins on a seemingly idyllic fishing trip on the side of President Trumbull (Freeman).

However, the flying objects appearing suddenly in the sky (in short, one feels displaced in Hitchcock's "The Birds") do not bode well: Killerdrohnen murder all Secret Service employees on site. Only Mike and the president survive.

Which makes Banning suspicious promptly; Besides, he can hardly explain why he suddenly has 10 million in the account. Banning, the former hero becomes a refugee. What starts now is a ruthless manhunt.

Not all were always in agreement with Butler's performance in the precursor films of 2013 and 2016. For his play in "London Has Fallen" there was even a nomination as "worst actor" for the so-called "Golden Raspberry". 

However, the action genre, with all its flying bullets, eyes and ears numbing explosions and other attention-grabbing ingredients, is barely known for underlining the actors' acting skills anyway.

Even "Angel Has Fallen" you can expect no drama. But Butler's performance as an agent and soldier who is tainted with body and soul is almost consistently consistent.

And, yes, sometimes also touching. The 49-year-old will hardly be considered for an Oscar nomination.

His physical presence, sometimes reminiscent of Sylvester Stallone, sometimes reminiscent of Mel Gibson, is impressive.

Even Morgan Freeman as, here and there to an elderly Obama reminiscent President has his moments.

But the eponymous highlights of the 120-minute, which provides Nick Nolte as Banning's father. His full-bearded and determined hermit is of (un) voluntary and yet poignant comedy.

The staging of the action spectacle comes from Ric Roman Waugh. In the 1980s and 90s, he worked as a stuntman, was in this role in films such as "Universal Soldier" and "Last Action Hero" involved.

His new work has now the Voluntary self-control of the film industry (FSK) considered with a release from 16 years, what the blood and lead-containing violent excesses that determine the work over long distances, quite well.

The longer "Angel Has Fallen" but lasts, the more bizarre and self-deprecating the action thriller (fortunately) also.

The realism sought in the fight scenes - deceptively real and quite frightening sound effects and a camera that keeps suggesting that you're in the middle of a fight in the theatrical crowd - is increasingly counteracted by one, in a wonderful bouncer scene with Nolte and Butler culminating humour.

It could have been even more ironic and witty; humour, however, saves this one-man-alone-against-the-rest-of-the-world-movie from overly sleazy, overly predictable action-mediocrity.

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