Unlike films from other genres, action thrillers are designed to keep the viewer vested in the violence, extended fightings, physical feats, and frantic chases that occur in the film. This has particularly been the theme in the Fallen film series which goes a step further in including the faith of the President of the United States in the battles that occur. Read on to learn 10 things you need to know about Angel Has Fallen, the latest installment in the film series.
10 Things to Know About Angel Has Fallen
1. It is the Third Installment in the Fallen Film Series
Angel Has Fallen is the third installment in the Fallen film series, coming after Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). Here, the plot revolves around the United States Secret Service agent Mike Banning, who is framed for an attack on the leader on the free world, prompting him to embark on a mission that clears his name up as he finds who is truly behind the attack.
2. Director Ric Roman Waugh Used to be a Stunt Performer
Ric Roman Waugh, who is known for his works as either director, producer, or writer on films like Felon (2008), Snitch (2013), and Shot Caller (2017), directed the film. Unknown to many people, Roman Waugh began his career in Hollywood as a stunt performer in the 80s, appearing in films like Universal Soldier, The Last of the Mohicans, and Last Action Hero. He later went on to take up an acting job, appearing in Kuffs (1992) before choosing to focus on roles behind the camera.
3. It was filmed in Bulgaria and the United Kingdom
Angel Has Fallen was filmed principally in the United Kingdom, in production facilities like Pinewood Studios, Bray Studios, Longcross Studios, and Nu Boyana Film Studios. Like London Has Fallen, studios like the Boyana Cinema Center among other locations in Bulgaria were also used during the filming.
4. The Creators of Popular Film Franchises Co-wrote the Screenplay
Robert Mark Kamen, who is known for his work as creator and co-creator of franchises like The Karate Kid, Transporter, and Taken, contributed to the screenplay of the movie along with director Ric Roman Waugh and Matt Cook. The University of Pennsylvania Doctor of Philosophy degree holder took time away from his vineyard to work on the script after not being part of any work in three years.
5. Jada Pinkett Smith is Among the New Members of the Cast
The third installment of the Fallen film series featured a few new cast members that did not appear in the two earlier installments. Actress Angela Bassett, who played the Secret Service Director in the two earlier films was replaced by Lance Reddick. The wife of Butler’s character, Leah, previously played by Radha Mitchell, was replaced by Piper Perabo. Another notable actor who did not return is Aaron Eckhart.
6. Actor Holy McCallany Was Originally Cast in the Film
It was originally announced that Holt McCallany would play the character of Wade Jennings, the leader of Salient Global. However, due to conflicts in schedule with a show (Mindhunter) he’s a part of, he had to drop out from the film’s cast list and was subsequently replaced by Danny Huston.
7. It Received Mixed Reviews From Critics
Angel Has Fallen was not very well received by critics who were also very critical of its predecessors, calling the trilogy a forgettable one. However, one nod that this installment managed to receive was that it was funny, with most of the acclaim in this regard going to Nick Nolte who played Butler’s Vietnam veteran father.
8. It is a Box Office Success
Angel Has Fallen has so far grossed a worldwide total of $104.4 million. From its opening weekend, it made $21.3 million, a few thousands below the opening of London Has Fallen which made $21.6 million. Compared to that one, this movie was produced on a budget of $40 million while the other cost $60 million.
9. It’s Gerard Butler’s First Movie Atop The Box Office in Over a Decade
Gerard Butler, the main star of the fallen film series, has starred in many blockbuster movies including How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Law Abiding Citizen (2010), and Machine Gun Preacher (2011). These films, however, did not give him a place atop the box office until Angel Has Fallen was released. The last time he enjoyed a position at the top of the list was when he put in a Saturn Award-nominated performance in 300 (2007).
10. Lionsgate Handled The Distribution of the Film
Lionsgate Films handled the distribution of Angel Has Fallen after Focus Features handled the distribution of London Has Fallen while FilmDistrict Distribution handled that of the original film in the series.