Angel Has Fallen
|Angel Has Fallen|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ric Roman Waugh|
|Music by||David Buckley|
|Edited by||Gabriel Fleming|
|Box office||$146.7 million|
Angel Has Fallen is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Ric Roman Waugh. It is the third installment in the Has Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). The film stars are Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte, and Danny Huston. The plot again follows United States Secret Service agent Mike Banning as he races against time to clear his name after being framed for a drone attack on the President of the United States, Allan Trumbull.
The film was officially announced in October 2016, and Roman Waugh was hired in July 2017. New members of the cast were added in early 2018, and filming began in February of that year around Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.
The film was released in the United States on August 23, 2019, by Lionsgate. It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $146 million worldwide. Plans for future sequels and TV spin-offs are in development.
Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) undergoes training at a military facility in Virginia, owned by his friend and former Army Ranger's RRC commanding officer Lt Colonel Wade Jennings (Danny Huston), now CEO of private military company Salient Global. He is recommended for the position of Secret Service Director by President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), to replace retiring Director David Gentry (Lance Reddick), but hides the fact that he suffers from migraines and insomnia and takes painkillers to cope with chronic back pain.
While Trumbull is on a private fishing trip at Queen's Lake in Williamsburg, Virginia, a swarm of armed drones attack and overwhelm his protection detail, with only Banning surviving and saving the president. Both men are incapacitated, but Banning recovers while Trumbull is left in a coma. FBI special agent Helen Thompson (Jada Pinkett Smith) is presented with evidence implicating Banning in the attack, after her team locates the van used to transport the drones and find it containing traces of his hair and DNA, leading to his arrest. En route to a detention facility, Banning's transport is ambushed, but he escapes after killing the assailants and unmasking them as mercenaries from Salient Global with whom he partook in the training exercise. Realizing that Jennings has betrayed and framed him, he calls his wife Leah (Piper Perabo), letting her know he is alive and determined to expose the real perpetrator. The call alerts Thompson to Banning's location, leading to a car chase by numerous police officers. Banning manages to slip away into the night again, and drives away the next morning in a stolen pickup truck to his father's cabin in the backwoods of White Hall, West Virginia.
At the White House, Vice President Martin Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson), now acting president, reveals to the press that Banning is responsible for the assassination attempt with support from the Russian government. Banning and his father Clay (Nick Nolte) observe Salient mercenaries approaching the house on surveillance cameras. Clay detonates multiple explosives around the perimeter, killing the would-be attackers as he and Banning escape. Banning reveals to Clay that he has a wife and daughter. Leah and her daughter are on the verge of being kidnapped by Salient commandos when Clay saves them. Finding the bodies of Jennings' gunmen lined up against Clay's cabin, Thompson deduces that Banning may have been set up after all. Trumbull awakens from his coma and Kirby is revealed to be Jennings' secret co-conspirator. Kirby plans to retaliate for the President's “attempted assassination” by declaring war on Russia. Thompson and another agent Ramirez (Joseph Millson) meet Jennings on an airfield, but Jennings kills both of them.
Banning reaches the hospital and gives himself up, but Trumbull orders his release. Banning leads Trumbull to safety with help from Gentry and other loyal agents as Jennings destroys the hospital's ICU by increasing the oxygen & nitrogen supply to unstable levels, causing a massive explosion that levels the hospital. Banning hides Trumbull and Gentry as Jennings' men pursue them. In an extended gun battle, Salient Global kill most of Trumbull's security detail, but Banning ambushes a flanking attempt and eventually the mercenaries are forced to retreat after government reinforcements arrive. A handful of them, led by Jennings, are gathering on the rooftop to escape in a helicopter, when Banning blows up the helicopter with a grenade launcher. Only Jennings survives the explosion, leaving the two of them to fight it out. They engage in hand-to-hand combat ending with Banning fatally stabbing Jennings. The remainder of Jennings' men are either killed in the firefight or arrested by U.S. federal law enforcement officers.
Banning is exonerated while Trumbull and a visibly-wounded Gentry arrest Kirby for treason, revealing that Jennings had kept detailed records of Kirby’s involvement, as an insurance policy, and uncovered by Thompson. Gentry is given the privilege of perp-walking the Vice President through the press. Clay decides to live with Banning and his family. Feeling guilty over his failure to protect Trumbull and concealing his ailments, Banning offers his resignation, but Trumbull forgives him and offers Banning the promotion to Director of the Secret Service, which he proudly accepts.
In the mid-credits scene, Banning convinces his father to try therapy at the Zero Gravity Center together. There, they are placed in pools and float in water, exchanging comments until (and after) the lights go out.
- Gerard Butler as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, Clay's son and Leah's husband.
- Morgan Freeman as President Allan Trumbull, the current President of the United States
- Jada Pinkett Smith as FBI Agent Helen Thompson
- Lance Reddick as Secret Service Director David Gentry
- Tim Blake Nelson as Vice President Martin Kirby, Vice President of the United States who is later revealed to be the mastermind.
- Piper Perabo as Leah Banning, Mike's wife. Perabo replaced Radha Mitchell, who played the role in the previous films, due to Mitchell’s scheduling conflicts.
- Nick Nolte as Clay Banning, a Vietnam veteran Army Ranger/Tunnel Rat and Mike's estranged father who abandoned him at a young age. Since then, he has taken up living in the woods all over the U.S.
- Danny Huston as Lt. Colonel Wade Jennings, Mike's former Ranger(RRC) CO and the leader of Salient Global.
- Frederick Schmidt as Travis Cole, head of security of Salient Global and Jennings' right-hand man.
- Michael Landes as White House Chief of Staff Sam Wilcox
- Joseph Millson as FBI Agent Ramirez
- Ori Pfeffer as Secret Service Agent Murphy
- Mark Arnold as CIA Director James Haskell
- Chris Browning as Militia man
- Jessica Cobley as Lynne Banning, Mike and Leah's daughter
- Rocci Williams as Bruno, one of Jennings' soldiers
On October 28, 2016, it was announced that a third Fallen installment, titled Angel Has Fallen, was in development, with Gerard Butler reprising his roles of both lead actor and producer. On July 25, 2017, Ric Roman Waugh was announced as director.
On January 10, 2018, Holt McCallany was set to play Wade Jennings, an ex-military turned head of a technology company. However, he later had to drop out of his role due to scheduling conflicts with the show Mindhunter, and was replaced by Danny Huston. A week later, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tim Blake Nelson were confirmed added, and filming was scheduled to start on February 7, 2018. On February 13, 2018, Piper Perabo joined the cast. On March 12, 2018, Lance Reddick was set to play Secret Service Director Gentry. Aaron Eckhart, who had played president Benjamin Asher in the first two films, announced he would not return in his role. On March 21, 2018, Michael Landes was cast as White House Chief of Staff Sam Wilcox. On January 22, 2019, David Buckley was announced as the film's composer, replacing Trevor Morris, who scored the previous two films.
Filming on Angel Has Fallen commenced in Virginia Water Lake, and continued throughout the United Kingdom and Bulgaria. Filming also took place at Pinewood Studios, Bray Studios, Longcross Studios and Nu Boyana Film Studios.
The film was released in the United States on August 23, 2019.
Angel Has Fallen grossed $69 million in the United States and Canada, and $78.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $147.5 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was projected to gross $13–15 million from 3,286 theaters in its opening weekend. It made $7.9 million on its first day. This included $1.5 million from Thursday night previews, the highest of the series. It went on to debut to $21.3 million, finishing first and over-performing. It was Butler's first time atop the box office since 300 (2007), and was just below the opening of London Has Fallen ($21.6 million). The film remained in first place the following weekend, grossing $11.8 million, as well as $3 million on Labor Day. The film was finally dethroned in its third weekend, grossing $6 million and finishing second, behind newcomer It Chapter Two.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 39% based on 183 reviews, with an average rating of 5.00/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Cut from the same rough cloth as its predecessors, Angel Has Fallen rounds out a mostly forgettable action trilogy in fittingly mediocre fashion." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, the same score earned by its predecessors, while those at PostTrak gave it an average 4.5 out of 5 stars and a 64% "definite recommend."
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film, "may not be appreciably better than the first two installments ..., but it's actually more fun — first and foremost because of a vastly amusing turn by Nick Nolte as Gerard Butler's eccentric Vietnam vet old coot father." Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club gave the film a grade C, and called it a "dramatic improvement" though was critical of the action sequences, saying, "they all fall victim to having too much repetitive editing and not enough kinetic energy, a problem that no amount of onscreen firepower, twisted wreckage, or offbeat overhead camera angles can solve." David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a "D+", specifying that "[w]ith Nolte as his bonkers dad, Gerard Butler's mediocre action franchise and his mediocre American accent find a mediocre conclusion."
In November 2019, series producer Alan Siegel announced plans for a fourth, fifth and sixth film, as well as local-language TV spin-offs that would tie-in with the theatrical features. On November 2020 it was revealed at the American Film Market that a fourth film was in development with Butler returning titled Night Has Fallen.
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