Angel Has Fallen Ending Explained (In Detail)

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Supposedly Gerard Butler slips in for the grand finale ANGEL HAS FALLED a third time in the role of world-class bodyguard Mike Banning and this time not only has to protect the life of the US President, but also restore his own reputation. We reveal more about this in our review.

Agent Ramirez (Joseph Millson), Agent Peterson (Sapir Azulay) & Agent Thompson (Jada Pinkett Smith) have Mike in their sights.

The plot summary

Always on the front line to give his life for the president: Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is the most loyal man in the Secret Service. He has already saved the US President twice in his long career – time to slow down and think about a transfer to the internal service. But everything changes after a supposedly routine operation: in a large-scale attack on President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), almost the entire Secret Service team dies – only Mike Banning survives and is suddenly the main suspect. While the President is seriously injured in a coma, Banning is chased across the country by his colleagues and the FBI and has to prove who the real masterminds are. A mercilessly fast-paced game of cat and mouse begins…

Angel Has Fallen Movie Meaning & ending

Gerard Butler (“Geostorm”) had to save the world twice in the role of bodyguard Mike Banning. Twice he fought his way through lousy CGI explosions and convinced the US president with pseudo-cool sayings, tough gun violence and a lot of macho behavior that he was the hottest guy in the room, oh what do we say, on the entire planet. And twice, despite any form of character identification, logic or even just appearance, the whole thing was so successful that the “Fallen” series is now entering its third round after “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen” . The title “Angel Has Fallen” now includes Banning himself – the guardian angel of the President of the United States of America. You know this from every crime series imaginable. If at some point everyone in the department has been the victim or perpetrator of a violent crime at least once, the investigators themselves become involved in a case. The screenwriter trio of Robert Mark Kamen (“The Transporter Refueled”) , Matt Cook (“Boston”) and director Ric Roman Waugh (“Snitch – A Risky Deal”) won’t win an innovation award for this idea, what in the end The 120 minute film is underlined in many other places. For example, when Mike Banning’s missing father suddenly appears, which is probably supposed to move us somehow, or when the writers conjure up one twist after another, all of which have already been seen several times. And speaking of seeing: Once again, the action scenes are staged so unaesthetically that at some point you simply lose interest in following the outrageous events.

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) in the crosshairs of his own unit.

While the franchise opener “Olympus Has Fallen” cost $70 million, the sequel “London Has Fallen” had to make do with just $60 million. For the third and supposedly final part of the series, “Angel Has Fallen”, the studio put a few million more on the table. 80 million dollars went into staging a film that, at least in the first half, visibly benefits from the fact that director Ric Roman Waugh was allowed to blow up real cars and fire explosions instead of just resorting to trick effects from the computer. They still come, but they mainly take place in the second half. Beforehand there is a pleasantly loud noise in the cinema, which means that the crucial assassination attempt scene on the president is particularly impressive. The drone attack that takes place on a lake delivers one detonation after the other over several minutes, and even if the area around the lake looks a little too orderly after the attack to believe that a serious attack had actually just taken place here , the opening of “Angel Has Fallen” is the most successful part of the entire film. It’s easy to ignore the miserably unsuccessful attempts to build up an emotional connection to him by hook or by crook after two films without any interest in the main character, Mike Banning, by accusing him of physical ailments and mental problems, but that’s just it results in a few empty words to his wife and friends.

For two films there was no interest whatsoever in the person behind the one-man army Mike Banning; he was simply portrayed as an infallible berserk who was only allowed to show weaknesses here and there when the dramaturgy of the films demanded it. In “Angel Has Fallen” the makers seem to want to make up for these oversights, but they do so clumsily. In the first 15 minutes it is already mentioned that Banning is thinking about leaving his job and that the consequences of a traumatic brain injury also play a role. But the script leaves it at this one scene. For the next hour and a half, Banning is once again the infallible shooter and fighter, whose physical strain is never noticeable for a second. However, the inclusion of a new character is much more unpleasant: with Mike’s father, embodied by a shockingly disinterested Nick Nolte (“Head Full of Honey”) , we suddenly get an annoyingly clichéd insight into his private life, which is a shame given such a lack of creativity then it would have been better to have been spared. The dialogues between Mike and his father, who left him far too early and who (of course) now regrets, are not only overacting in terms of acting, but above all in terms of credibility. And ultimately rob “Angel Has Fallen” of the last bit of its independence, because the idea of ​​father and son who have to pull together against their will to face an evil threat was no longer in vogue when John Moore introduced it in 2013 unearthed again for the fifth part of the “Die Hard” series.

The chemistry between Butler and Nolte is also not right. The clumsy humorous insertions seem out of place in the otherwise always emphatically grim “Fallen” series, and at times even unintentionally parodic. When the former veteran causes one explosion after another in one scene to protect himself and his son from the opponents, there is something evocative about it – especially after a very serious appeal against war and violence a few minutes earlier. You never know whether the makers actually take what is shown seriously and simply have no sense of lightening humor, or whether they set their film more in the comedic Gaga sphere à la “Hobbs & Shaw” but simply don’t add more than a handful of gags have occurred. This is particularly evident in a completely absurd post-credit scene that seems as if it came from another film entirely, when Mike and his dad suddenly find themselves in a spa and are hostile to each other. You can’t help but squirm in the cinema seat in shame. At least you can see something. And that is not a given given the two hours of film that preceded it. After the really successful assassination scene at the beginning, cameraman Jules O’Loughlin falls into disarray (“Killer’s Bodyguard”) namely in the same patterns as his predecessors. Ideas that are so visually exciting, such as a night chase in which all you see are the lights of a truck and the blue lights of the police cars, are destroyed by the staccato editing and the wildly flailing camera. In the end, no matter how high your body count is, if you constantly lose track of the man-on-man hustle and bustle, it won’t be any fun anymore.

Conclusion: At least in the first half you can still enjoy the feel of the many explosions. At least if you recognize anything at all. After the beautifully staged opening scene, you can’t expect a clear look, just as you can’t expect a surprising story or the trick that you’ll finally be interested in the emotional concerns of the main character in the third film.

“Angel Has Fallen” can be seen in USA cinemas from August 29th.

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