Angel Has Fallen (2019)

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Angel Has Fallen (2019) - a completely predictable action-packed sequel to the other two in the series.
The Sequel to Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016) is... Angel Has Fallen (2019). In a completely predictable plot, an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan (Barack) Trumbull is foiled by Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, who is wrongfully accused and taken into custody... he escapes, and it's up to him to prove his innocence and save the conveniently comatose President from the would-be-assassins. Will he do it, like the last two times, or will Hollywood give up on it's money-making sequel potential? But despite the predictability, it has the prerequisite explosions, chases, and foreshadowed under a spotlight twists and turns that made it an enjoyable matinee excuse to eat popcorn and watch bad guys drop like hotdog wrappers at a carnival.


Reviewers

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About the most surprising twist was the difference between Reviewers and Viewers on this one. Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave it a 38%, while viewers gave it a 94%. I understand it is cliché and predictable, but it hits all the anti-Military, anti-Corporation, and the Good guy is the Black President tropes that normally causes Hollywood reviewers to feel the loin starring and jean tightening effects of a left-wing propaganda film. So I think it's just the guns or predictability that caused them to give this one a thumbs down. Maybe they just hate action films? I went back and looked at the other two in the series, and Reviewers thought those stank as well... but the Audience scores were lower, so not much of a differential. I'm wondering if this is an effect of Rotten Tomatoes sanitizing their voter roles: only the people that saw it, or going to review it -- and they got exactly what they wanted?
Reviewer Bias 
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Movie critics often have a leftward slant that makes them droll and predictable. It also means if a movie is at all political, has anything that's politically incorrect, or can be re-imagined that way, then reviewers will likely get out of touch with the audience. Since I lean towards the audience preferences and away from marxism as movie-reviews, this spread (or the inverse of the reviewers opinions) can be a better indicator of how much I'll like a film than their actual reviews. more...

Conclusion

Don't expect deep, or particularly believable anything in this. But if you want a good boom-boom, blow shit up, popcorn flick... this one hits many of the right notes. Oh, and watch the credits, it has quite a bit after you think the movie is over.

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