Gerard Butler turns down the nastiness and ups the action

Dir: Ric Roman Waugh. Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nick Nolte, Piper Perabo, Danny Huston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lance Reddick. 15 cert, 121 min

Angel Has Fallen is almost worth seeing. It could gain this distinction for the end-credits sting alone, which features – wait for it – a half-naked Nick Nolte bestially moaning in a zero-gravity flotation tank. How did we get from Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016) to this? While a palpable upgrade, it’s not an altogether simple one to explain. 

In what we shall now call the Has Fallen trilogy, those previous entries starred a snarling Gerard Butler as ’Nam-vet-turned-Secret- Service-agent Mike Banning, a…

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