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Angel Has Fallen

There have been so many sequels and remakes lately, it’s hard to keep up. One seems the same as the other with Hollywood wheeling them out at a furious pace. ‘Angel Has Fallen’ is yet another instalment in a rather forgettable franchise. Following on from ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ and ‘London Has Fallen’, this 3rd outing revels in its unoriginality with various explosions blasting holes bigger than the ones in its story.

American Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is tasked with protecting the President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman). Framed for an assassination attempt on Trumbull, Banning goes on the run. Hunted by the FBI, he must fight for survival whilst exposing the true culprit. Time isn’t on his side as death lurks in the shadows ready to drag Banning into its ethereal clutches.

‘Angel Has Fallen’ is very much by the numbers. Everything moves at a mechanical pace with its predictability both a saving grace and curse. You know where the story goes with its riff on the ‘person on the run’ motif receiving yet another airing. Butler does his best as the barrel-chested he-man army even if his charisma is as blank as his facial expressions.

More welcome are the stunts of which ‘Angel Has Fallen’ has plenty. They are lovingly photographed with skill with each crack and noise felt. As a new entry in a franchise, ‘Angel Has Fallen’ is interesting in that it is the hero who has to survive and not others. It mostly works in a mundane fashion with Ric Roman Waugh limply directing with an eye firmly on the paycheck.

A humdrum entry in a weak action series, ‘Angel Has Fallen’ offers reasonable thrills. It’s not the greatest example of the action genre but it isn’t the worst. Buying the items at the candy bar is probably more memorable than the film itself with the ailment of sequel-itis hovering over this mediocre yarn.

Rating out of 10: 5

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