WHAT I LIKED: The so-called 'Fallen Trilogy,' as it's become known has been rather hit and miss. The first film was big dumb fun, whilst the second film lacked the gritty direction and Gerard Butler-isms to make up for the sloppy, nationalist story. Happily, Angel Has Fallen is probably the best of the three, as it not only grounds everything back in Gerard Butler's character, but it even loses the patriotism for a good chunk of its run-time. No longer is it Butler's character defending the Constitution of the US all by himself; it's him vs that very thing as he's accused of the president's murder and goes off on the run. That means we get some genuine - if hardly revolutionary - character-development in the form of some perfectly-fitting daddy issues so more personal investment in the story, and when you couple that with Butler's ever-committed performance, you've got yourself a pretty engaging action movie for the most part.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Everything is still as utterly clichéd as you'd expect from this series with plenty of one-liners, ridiculous heroic moments against all the odds, and a plot that's full of contrivances.
VERDICT: It's hardly profound cinematic gold, but losing the nationalism and grounding itself Gerard Butler's character makes 'Angel Has Fallen,' the most engaging of this absurd action trilogy. Have fun with it, that's all it's there for.