Movie Review: ANGEL HAS FALLEN (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

ANGEL HAS FALLEN was directed by Ric Roman Waugh from a screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen and Matt Cook & Ric Roman Waugh that’s based on a story by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt and stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Nick Nolte and Danny Huston.

When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm, and save the country from imminent danger.

This third entry in the action-packed Has Fallen franchise continues to follow Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) who finds himself on the run this time around after a failed assassination attempt on President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) leaves his entire team dead. While the President is left in the hospital heavily guarded, Mike is being chased around by the FBI and gets a little unwanted aid from Wade Jennings (Danny Huston), his former Ranger teammate who also has an ulterior motive for helping his old friend. He’s the kind of person you have to keep an eye on.

What happens is, Mike gets some much needed help from his estranged father Clay (Nick Nolte) who’s also a badass in his own right. He also finds out that the mysterious figure behind this assassination attempt is hellbent on finishing the job which means he has to race against the clock and get to President Trumbull before it’s too late. The thing is, Mike has to figure out a way to get inside the hospital and reach the President so he can warn him about what’s about to go down. It’s a nearly impossible task that does even more damage to the already injured field agent but he’s able to stop this deadly threat and the sinister figure behind it.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Angel Has Fallen was another exciting entry in the Has Fallen franchise but it’s a movie that not everyone is going to like for a couple of reasons. First of all, this is a non-stop action thriller made for fans of this genre and it’s packed with explosive shoot ’em up scenes that include lots of blood and a little gore. Secondly, even though the story for this third entry stand-alone movie is interesting there are some plot holes that’ll annoy a few picky viewers out there. With that being said, I had a blast with it because I liked the story and I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters. Gerard Butler is back as the main man and once again he delivers a strong performance. Nick Nolte is introduced as the estranged father of the hero and he kind of stole the show. Nolte’s character is a damaged and broken veteran who reunites with his son to help him in his fight against this new threat plus he adds just the right amount of humor to the mix. Director Ric Roman Waugh captured everything he needed to make Angel Has Fallen another fun entry and bringing in something a little fresh to the franchise. So, take those thinking caps off, grab some popcorn, and let the movie entertain you because this is a fun watch. Angel Has Fallen will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on November 26th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 121 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / Spanish Dolby Audio 5.1 / English Dolby Audio 2.0 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English and Spanish Dolby Audio 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include six featurettes that has interviews with some of the cast and crew, a three-part audio commentary with the director and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette (08:35)
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette (13:02)
  • “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette (18:13)
  • “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette (12:47)
  • “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette (09:39)
  • “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette (06:25)
  • “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh
  • Digital Copy

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