Angel Has Fallen parents guide

Angel Has Fallen Parent Guide

Terrible plot, lazy writing...there's no reason to get off your couch and go see this waste of film.

Overall D-

What have you done for me lately? Mike Banning has saved the president's life in two adrenaline fueled attacks. But now he's been framed for an attempt on his life and goes on the run to expose the conspiracy.

Release date August 23, 2019

Violence D
Sexual Content A
Profanity D
Substance Use B-

Why is Angel Has Fallen rated R? The MPAA rated Angel Has Fallen R for violence and language throughout.

Run Time: 121 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Having now saved the President twice, in increasingly dramatic fashion, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is starting to feel the consequences. Plagued by migraines and dizziness, and suffering from compressed vertebrae, Banning is starting to see the appeal of a nice, sedentary desk job. President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) also wants him to move to a desk, as Director of the Secret Service. Those plans are put on hold when an attempt is made on the President’s life, which kills everyone on the Protection Detail except for the President and Banning. Worse still, Banning finds himself framed as a Russian agent who accepted ten million dollars to kill the President. Banning is now on the run to escape the authorities, uncover the conspiracy, and, most importantly, prevent a future attempt on Trumbull’s life.

None of the films in this series have qualified as inspired cinema, and this is no exception. The plot is right out of a dusty can labelled “Action Thriller No.2”, and I could confidently predict the entire story within the first quarter of an hour. Frankly, I expect any half-conscious six year old could have done it within twenty minutes anyway, so that’s hardly an achievement on my part.

Speaking of the script, it must have been the easiest ever job for the two writers - yes, somehow this required the combined brainpower of two living human beings. Almost the entire script is either the f-word or scatological terms, stitched together with a loose assortment of exposition and less colorful profanities. When the dialogue doesn’t seem up to the task of keeping the audience awake, you can rely on something exploding, someone being shot, or a knife fight breaking out. More than anything, it feels like a bottom-shelf video game that someone decided to film.

It seems fitting that Banning suffers from migraines - I developed one quite early on, due mostly to the shaky camera and execrable editing, and I didn’t want to feel like I was suffering alone. Unfortunately, Banning’s migraines disappear from the plot somewhere around the halfway mark, but mine only intensified. I guess I can’t expect too much from a character so two dimensional he becomes invisible if viewed in profile.

There really isn’t a compelling reason to see this movie, in theaters or otherwise. I mean, unless you’re a masochist with two hours to kill. In which case, this is perfect for you. Loud, simplistic, aggravating, and far too long for its mindless plot, Angel Has Fallen had me ready to run out of the theater and play in traffic. Unless that appeals to you, you should just stay home.

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Starring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Piper Perabo. Running time: 121 minutes. Theatrical release August 23, 2019. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Angel Has Fallen rated R? Angel Has Fallen is rated R by the MPAA for violence and language throughout.

Violence: Dozens of individuals are blown up, shot, stabbed, beaten, and thrown into walls/cars/ditches. Blood is typically shown. Dead bodies are also shown.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: Profanity is used frequently, primarily the sexual expletive, of which I counted 64 uses.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are sometimes shown drinking with dinner.

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