A Frank Movie Review: “Angel Has Fallen’ – 8
In a word: Sensational
Warning: If you do not like violence and/or movies with lots of gunfire and explosives, do NOT see this film. Boom Boom, Rat-a-Tat, Rat-a-Tat. Cover your ears. This is all about a plot to kill the president (Morgan Freeman) while out on a relaxing fishing excursion, surrounded by hordes of protective personnel, with his number one Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler). That’s when all hell breaks loose and the scores of drones swarm in like jet-bees, firing and shooting at everyone, killing them all but, of course, the star Gerard, and the president. That was quite stirring.
The plot widens into a myriad of power mongers, insiders and heroes, one scene after another, of magnificent explosives, collapsing buildings, flying cars, endless shootouts with automatic weapons, that keep the viewer glued to the screen. The premise is to make it appear like the president is in cahoots with Russia (sound familiar) while the vice-president takes over control of the government. However, the real plot is not known until later in the film.
Normally, I dismiss these kinds of action films as mindless junk, but I must acknowledge that the director does well to keep the audience on the edge of their seats throughout. Gerard Butler is perfect for the role, maybe with the exception of Tom Cruise, and Morgan Freeman is a perfect fit for an elder statement elected to be the president. Some of the other characters are not so good as fits, but … who cares. One female actress selected to be the big boss for Secret Service, just doesn’t pass the test. Nevertheless, viewers were on the edge of their seats, from scene to scene to the very end, even if much of the dialogue and action moves were implausible.
It’s enough that the movie was entertaining. Yes, there are moving scenes between Gerard Butler and his wife and child, who play a small, but important role in the film. So does the bearded Nick Nolte who plays the long-lost father to Gerard. Good to see Nolte is still kickin’.
In a word, it’s an entertaining film. If we look hard enough, we can find plenty wrong with the script, the acting, the unending fireball scenes. But we still walk out feeling entertained.
I give this an 8 out of 10.