Over the past ten years, Gerard Butler has consistently proven himself as an A+ action star, as well as an actor who can be a bit of a chameleon. He's kicked ass in movies like Zack Snyder's 300, as well as movies like Geostorm and Den of Thieves, but he's also got his own starring action series role as Mike Banning in the Fallen series. Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen each cleaned up at the box office, and soon Angel Has Fallen will arrive in theaters to make the property a bonafide trilogy.
Angel Has Fallen will put Gerard Butler's Mike Banning back in the line of fire, but this time he's going to have to clear his name after being framed for an attack on Morgan Freeman's President Allan Trumbull. Reviews for the threequel have just arrived, and they're a bit of a mixed bag. CinemaBlend's own Sean O'Connell gave the blockbuster 3.5 stars, saying:
The third movie is often the worst in large franchises, making Sean's review on Angel Has Fallen surprising and hopeful. Fans of the property shouldn't sit this one out, as it may be the best installment of the property.
Unfortunately, not every critic seems to have thought as highly of Angel Has Fallen. Variety's Owen Gleiberman criticized the overall film as well as Gerard Butler's performance as the protagonist. As he put it:
Yikes. While the Bourne franchise has proven itself to be one of the most consistently solid modern action franchises, Angel Has Fallen isn't being treated quite as well critically. What's more, it's being accused of being a knockoff of the long-running franchise starring Matt Damon.
IndieWire's David Ehrlich was similarly disappointed in the contents of Angel Has Fallen. He too felt like it was as ripoff of other projects. Furthermore, he took umbrage with the franchise as a whole, in addition to the threequel. As he put it:
Well, that's not good. Mediocre isn't a word you want associated with a summer blockbuster, especially one that has such a talented cast and a built in audience from the previous two installments.
The cast of Angel Has Fallen includes Jada Pinkett Smith, Piper Perabo, and Nick Nolte, in addition to its returning stars. The film's plot has been criticized by reviews for being both overstuffed with plot details, while also being a boring viewing experience. The Associated Press' Lindsey Bahr described this juxtaposition, saying:
Action movies are typically thrilling experiences, with explosions and fights helping to titillate moviegoers. But despite the action in Angel Has Fallen, plenty of critics have maintained director Ric Roman Waugh's threequel failed to keep their attention.
Collider's Jeff Sneider wasn't quite as down on Angel Has Fallen, scoring the blockbuster with a B rating. He particularly praised the inclusion and performance of Nick Nolte as Mike Banning's father Clay. As he put it:
It looks like the third movie in the Fallen franchise might not set up an ending, leaving the possibility open for a fourth installment. Hopefully this will include Nick Nolte, who may steal the show of Angel Has Fallen.
Empire's John Nugent had some issues with Angel Has Fallen, particularly its action and poor visual effects. CGI tech has made some outstanding strides, but it appears that the third Fallen movie had some budgetary constraints that prevented great effects from being used. He said:
IGN's Joey Esposito seemed to enjoy the action sequences of Angel Has Fallen a bit more, although he admitted there was some issues with the moviegoing experience. Specifically, he enjoyed the larger scale gunfights thrilling, while the hand to hand combat sequences paled in comparison. He said:
THR's Todd McCarthy seem to echo CinemaBlend's review, stating the third Fallen movie might be more enjoyable than the previous two. Furthermore, he also highlighted Nick Nolte's performance as Clay Banning. As he put it,
Overall, the reviews for Angel Has Fallen seem like a bit of a mixed bag. As such, moviegoers may want to get to theaters and judge for themselves. What's more, the fans of the franchise seem like they'll have a good time, especially as its related to Mike Banning's father character.
Angel Has Fallen will arrive in theaters on August 23, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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