Angel Has Fallen has gotten a second trailer, and it turns Gerard Butler into The Fugitive. After kicking off in 2013 with Olympus Has Fallen, Butler has found himself in an action franchise that isn’t particularly respected among critics, but has still managed decent enough box office returns to (arguably) merit three films.
The franchise follows the tireless efforts of Butler as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, as he fights off ruthless gangs of terrorists who are intent on kidnapping/eliminating the President of the United States - or, as was the case in the 2016 follow up to Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, all world leaders. It’s a sizeable job for one man to handle, but so far, Butler has managed to pull off the task twice, and now a third battle against the forces of evil will see Banning himself become the target of the very nation he’s so selflessly defended in the past.
Angel Has Fallen has been in the works since 2016, and although we’ve already had the first official trailer drop back in May, now with the film’s release date just under a month away, Lionsgate has released a second, shorter trailer via their YouTube channel. This time, the trailer focuses more on the fact that Butler’s Banning is the target, after he’s blamed for the attempted assassination of the POTUS, (Morgan Freeman). You can check out the new trailer in its entirety below:
The film gets its title from the nickname Angel, which is sometimes used for the official aircraft of the POTUS, Air Force One. As fans of the Has Fallen series might already know, Aaron Eckhart - who played the POTUS in the previous two films - isn’t returning for a third outing. Instead, that privilege goes to Morgan Freeman, who has previously played the vice president in the series. Angel Has Fallen will also mark the first time in the series where the real threat is primarily directed at Banning, whose efforts to evade his own nation’s security agencies render him public enemy number one, making the entire plot of the film very reminiscent to 1993’s Harrison Ford led, Oscar winning adaptation of The Fugitive. In addition to Butler and Freeman, Angel Has Fallen also stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Nick Nolte, Lance Reddick, Piper Perabo, Tim Blake Nelson and Danny Huston.
For anyone who’s ever seen and enjoyed The Fugitive, watching the trailer for Angel Has Fallen looks and feels somewhat ridiculous. That being said, however, of the three Has Fallen films to date, this latest entry definitely looks the most engaging. It might not have the most realistic or original premise in the world, but that’s likely part of the appeal of the franchise as a whole. It’s silly but fun popcorn movie action, meaning that Angel Has Fallen stands a good chance at being the most successful entry in a franchise that has supposedly reached its climax.
- Angel Has Fallen (2019) release date: Aug 23, 2019