What I thought about Angel Has Fallen! (SPOILERS INSIDE! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN FILM)
Expectations aside, I really liked this movie! Gerard Butler once again doesn't miss a beat in portraying Mike Banning, one of my favourite action heroes ever! I loved the character development of Mike, as in this movie, he is suffering from side effects of all the pain he had received from the previous "Fallen" movies and probably other events in his life too. Throughout the film, Mike is seen being a bit out of shape, tired, exhausted, not being able to push himself like he used too and I think also mentally scarred from the previous two movies as I think he stated in "Angel" that is seeing a doctor/psychiatrist. Correct me if I'm wrong there.
The action in the film is once again on the same level as the previous two "Fallen" movies, there is a great scene where Banning's father, a "tunnel rat" Vietnam veteran with PTSD, has remote detonated explosions all around his wooden shack and explodes every single one when Wade's men come looking for Banning. It was a great little nod to the Vietnam war itself as it looked like a scene straight out of a Vietnam war movie!
I was kind of hoping in this film that Banning would actually die, because this would have been a big emotional impact to the viewer as they have been watching this seemingly invincible guy run around ducking explosions and killing bad guys effortlessly in the last two movies, saving the day and then in a sudden twist, he gets killed somehow saving his family or something like this. Unfortunately, instead, the film ends on bit of a low note; nothing dramatic happens such as a set up for a new bad guy, or Banning actually resigning and living a peaceful life lol. Instead Trumbill just kind of encourages him to stay on, but not as a Secret Service agent, but as the Director of Secret Service. Banning accepts it and the film ends there. There is an additional scene in the credits where Banning and his father go to a meditation spa in an attempt to mentally de-stress. Although this shows us both men trying to overcome their own mental issues, it also serves as a comedy scene as when the lights go off in the spa, Banning's father shouts something along the lines off "That's it, I'm gonna get naked in this pool now!" It was a nice little touch to the movie.
Getting back to the actual movie though, the film starts off as a mixture of The Fugitive or something along those lines and slowly transitions into a typical "Fallen" movie where Banning and co. defend the President from impending doom. The gun battle at the hospital in the final act of the movie was fucking incredible! The sounds of the guns and explosions on cinema speaker was amazing, as you see Banning running through smoke grenades he threw, taking out Wade's men one by one, but also getting shot twice in the process. The old classic Banning is still there: the one who can take all the damage and fight, but, he is mixed with the new Banning: all his injuries from the previous films have taken a severe toll on his body and he can't push himself as much as he used too. This is seen in a few scenes; but especially at the beginning when he is breathless after the training exercise and especially at the end after his fight with his best friend Wade; he just drops down against the wall utterly exhausted, as Wade lays there bleeding to death. If this was Banning from "Olympus", he would just walked away instantly.
This film had nothing original to add to the action hero genre BUT it was in my opinion, a very good action film to watch to take your mind off things, to go after work to let off some steam, to see with friends or if you just love the adventures of Mike Banning. I personally want to see a fourth movie where the film is a lot more personally dark for Banning. Maybe his wife and child are murdered and he loses everything and he goes on one last killing spree to get justice and perhaps at the end he'll die once he kills the bad guys. How cool would that be? I dunno but could be good if done right. Call it Banning Has Fallen or something lol!
The actress who played Banning's wife in the first two had been recast. This initially took me out of the movie as I thought the other actress had owned that role well, however, twenty minutes into the movie and I got used to it.
I hope to see more "Fallen" movies coming out because although they are so ridiculous, I feel like we need movies like this now more than ever. Its silly, it's fun and it's just what a film was supposed to be originally: entertainment. We live in an era where Hollywood are pumping agendas down our throats more than ever. I couldn't see one agenda message in this movie. There was a reference to the suspected Russian involvement in a Presidential election but they never address Trump's name or anything; most likely Trumbill's election as he is the successor to the president from the first two "Fallen" movies.
Overall, I'd recommend this film if you just want 80's style fun time!