"Reel Reviews: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ highlights greed as underlying evil" by: Jessica Shepard

   Angel Has Fallen is an action thriller film and the third installment in the Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016).   
   Even though it’s the third part of a series of films, this one can stand on its own and doesn’t hint too much at the previous films.  
   That way, it appeals to a broader audience base and certainly has some wiggle room.  
   Angel Has Fallen leads the box office at No.1 in its debut weekend with over $21.3 million in domestic theaters and is rated R for violence and language throughout.  
   Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the film stars Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, with Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte and Danny Huston in supporting roles.  
   Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) undergoes training at a private military facility and is recommended for the position of Secret Service Director by the President of the United States, Allan Trumbull (Freeman), to replace retiring Director David Gentry (Reddick).    
   But, Banning is hiding the fact that he is suffering from migraines and insomnia with regular visits to several doctors, and begins taking medication to cope with recurring pain.  
   He’s hiding all of that from everyone – his boss, Trumbull, and his wife!  
   While the President is on a rural fishing trip, armed drones attack his protection detail, with only Banning surviving and saving the President; both are incapacitated, with Trumbull in a coma.   
   FBI Agent Helen Thompson (Smith) finds substantial circumstantial evidence that Banning may be responsible for the attack, with the van used to carry out the attack containing Banning’s hair and DNA.   
   Banning is subsequently arrested once he’s cleared by doctors for transport.  
   En route to a detention facility, Banning and his transport is ambushed.   
   He escapes after killing the assailants, revealed to be agents who took part in his training exercise. 
Banning calls his wife Leah (Perabo), letting her know he is alive.   
   The call alerts Thompson to Banning’s location, leading to a car chase, but Banning escapes again before heading to his father’s (Nolte) home in the woods.  
   With Trumbull still comatose, Vice President Martin Kirby (Nelson) is sworn in as Acting President.   
   It is revealed that Wade Jennings (Huston), Banning’s friend and former fellow Army Ranger now CEO of paramilitary company Salient Global, has framed him.  
   It’s worth mentioning that this film isn’t all violence and conspiracies – there’s a glance at Banning’s past with his never-before mentioned father.  
   Plus, plenty of hilarious banter in an epic guerilla-style defense from a Salient attack squad.  
   I really don’t want to spoil anything and just have to say it’s worth every penny to see it on the big screen.  
   Also, stick around after the first half of the credits for a little Banning father-son bonding time for some extra laughs.   

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