You might think that by now, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) has risked enough to be beyond suspicion. In Olympus Has Fallen, the indomitable Secret Service agent took down an army of terrorists holding the president hostage in the White House. In “London Has Fallen,” he escorted the commander in chief through the British capital during an attack that killed several world leaders.
But you’re only as good as your last rescue, and the one that jump-starts Angel Has Fallen — lethal drones target the president (Morgan Freeman) during a fishing excursion, slaughtering his security detail except for Mike — raises eyebrows. The F.B.I. thinks Mike masterminded the assassination attempt. Mike must shoot and drive his way through choppily edited action sequences to prove his innocence. The Fugitive, to which Bola Deposit Pulsa owes perhaps even its rooftop finale, is a template against which this movie inevitably falls short. But Jada Pinkett Smith, as an agent who hand-waves the need for subpoenas, has the equivalent of the Tommy Lee Jones role.
Angel Has Fallen appears to have aimed higher than its predecessors, both of which started in forehead-slapping territory and grew dumber with every twist. The Ric Roman Waugh directed “Angel,” by contrast, is capital-T topical. It’s filled with references to painkiller dependency, Russian election tampering, private defense contractors and citizen militias, even as it avoids adhering to any viewpoint that might alienate potential audiences.
Nick Nolte turns up as Mike’s estranged father, a grizzled Vietnam veteran and hermit who growls all the paternal advice he was never around to give, at least when he’s not comically detonating explosive booby traps. In this context, his scenery-chewing qualifies as subtle.