Angel Has Fallen (2019): Action / Thriller

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Having been framed for the attempted assassination of the President, Mike Banning is on the run trying to uncover the conspiracy behind the attack.

I’ll start with the good news, they are less. Endless shooting accompanied by foul language, and big-time clobbering is the recipe to forget all of your problems for two hours; Angel¬†is entertaining. What’s more, there are plenty of explosions with propelled, dead bodies flying all over.

Now for the bad news… The writing and directing of Angel are unoriginal. There are no twists. At all! There is no suspense, there is no character development but fear not there is cliche aplenty. Have you ever heard before “He knows all of our moves”? Yet, it made decent money globally. The whole “Has Fallen” trilogy is that side of Hollywood that sacrifices quality without blinking. It is the side of Hollywood that doesn’t appreciate the cinema experience, bins the narrative, mocks logic, defies continuity montage, disregards human intelligence, and solely focuses on M.O.N.E.Y. I could write a thesis on what the film has failed at but as my film reviews are meant to be short, I’ll stop here. Plus, I would get depressed halfway.

The one and only Morgan Freeman is there for the money, Gerald Butler is always the right man for the job, and so is the amazing Piper Perabo. If you want to see Gerald and Piper at their absolute best though, RocknRolla (2008) and Coyote Ugly (2000) are what you need to watch.

RocknRolla (2008): Action / Crime / Thriller

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A gang of lowlife crooks called the Wild Bunch, with the help of an accountant, steal money from a Russian developer that was meant for a London mob boss who has a drug addict, troubled stepson.

What could go wrong, right?! Storytelling like Guy Ritchie only knows how to deliver! “RocknRolla” makes it to my list of the top 3 Guy Ritchie films, followed by “Snatch” (2000) and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998). The editing controls the information exactly as it should have and enhances the humorous side of a British action/crime. Gerald Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, and Toby Kebbell work brilliantly together and clash with each other adding 100% A-list British quality acting.

In a different context now… What could go wrong, right?! People! People didn’t bother. I can only assume that one reason is “seen it all before”. But it isn’t. It is snappy, surrealistic, stylish, quirky, Cockney, and adds to the formula. Yet, what was meant to be a trilogy will never be. Our loss. Favourite scene: Robbing the Russians for the second time. Priceless!

Join me in filing a petition for the “Real RocknRolla”!!!