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Banning returns as president's protector in predictable 'Angel Has Fallen' 

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, August 22, 2019  /  11:01 am

Angel Has Fallen is the latest film in the popular franchise after Olympus Has Fallen which was released in 2013 and London Has Fallen in 2016.

In this third film, there are a number of changes. The President of the United States, escorted by Mike Banning, is now named Allan Trumbull, played by Morgan Freeman. It is no longer the president Benjamin Asher, played by Aaron Eckhart. In addition, the character of Leah Banning, Banning’s wife who was previously played by Radha Mitchell, is now replaced by Piper Perabo.

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Angel Has Fallen presents a different kind of conflict from the two previous films. If previously Mike Banning's goal had been to focus on protecting the president, this time he has to fight to save himself. 

One day President Trumbull is attacked while fishing. All the presidential escort troops are killed in a drone strike. Banning manages to save Trumbull and himself, but later becomes a suspect, as the FBI find a drone-controlled car which had Banning’s DNA on it. Unfortunately the president goes into a coma and cannot give his testimony. Feeling pressured, Banning decides to run away and find out who was behind the attack.

Angel Has Fallen presents tension, explosion and action as relied on by the two previous films. But this third film also shows the personal side of Banning, who is seen to be confused between continuing his work or spending more time with his wife and children. The appearance of a figure from Banning’s past also adds to the emotional strength of this film. 

Unfortunately the film, written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, provides too many clues that made the ending quite boring. Similarly, the CGI looks rough despite the advancement of today's technology. However, director Ric Roman Waugh managed to create some exciting scenes, and a touch of humor was added to make the film more enjoyable. (ran/kes)

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