It has been three years since London Has Fallen debuted, so it seems we are due for another installment in the action franchise. Enter Angel Has Fallen, which was recently given the trailer treatment by new distributor Lionsgate.
The film focuses on the sudden transition of Gerard Butler's Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent who finds himself framed for attempting to kill the President. The accusation transitions him from national hero to fugitive on the run and takes the franchise in a whole new direction. Banning has a history of ruthlessly fending off terrorist attacks that would otherwise send the country into a state of absolute chaos. But everyone seems to be turning a blind eye to that and effectively allowing the tables to turn abruptly.
Angel, the third film in the unexpected franchise, is the follow up to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen and 2016’s London Has Fallen. With each of those films the stakes got a bit higher, the action a bit more intense. The trailer here has a unique The Bourne Identity vibe, though I highly doubt the final version of the film will capture that magic.
Critics have ignored the franchise, but somehow it has managed to garner enough box office receipts to (arguably) call for three films. Will this be Banning’s final stand, or will he become a victim to the very nation he has selflessly defended in the past.
Co-starring Morgan Freeman, Piper Perabo, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Nick Nolte, Angel Has Fallen hits theaters August 23.