Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman back together for ‘Angel Has Fallen’

He had been down a few times, but nothing could ever take him out.  That’s Gerard Butler as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning in the global box office hits “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) and “London Has Fallen” (2016).  

This year, this agent who is referred to as “the President’s top guardian angel”  is going to get beat up yet again, the question is, how will Butler’s Banning rise from this fall?  

Angel Has Fallen is the third entry to the “Fallen” franchise. Mike Banning is selected by U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) to be the director of the Secret Service.  But before he could assume his new appointment, Banning finds himself in a crucial position to protect the president as they are attacked by explosive drones.  

The next thing he knows, he is already in the hospital, handcuffed and being charged with the attempted murder of President Trumbull. FBI Agent Thompson (Jada Pinkett-Smith) is convinced of Banning’s culpability because he is the only one in his team who survives the tragedy.  

Hellbent on proving his innocence and bringing the real culprit to justice, Banning escapes capture.  As the FBI and his own agency are hot on his trail, Banning tracks down his father (Nick Nolte) to get his help.  

Just like in all his previous battles, he must keep his family from harm, keep the president alive, and save the country from imminent danger.  The big difference is, he is also fighting for his life.  

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Snitch, Shot Caller), “Angel Has Fallen” offers non-stop action while taking the audience to what Butler describes as a “much deeper, darker journey”  of Mike Banning.  Reports have it that two other scripts had been scrapped in favor of this story, which is said to have been inspired by The Fugitive, The Bourne Identity, and Taken.  

Butler said in an interview back in 2017, *I couldn’t even see a way to make a third (Fallen film), you know we’d joke about it ‘What, Tokyo? Hong Kong? What is it going to be!?’ …Until this idea came along and until Ric came along – now I’ve gone from not knowing what to do with it, to thinking this is going to be the best one.”

In the same interview, Butler shared that Waugh told him that he wanted to make a movie with him “that’ll be remembered for three generations”.  In response to that, Butler said, “Well what about Has Fallen 3?”, and Waugh said, “That’s not what I was thinking!”  Butler said to the reluctant director, ‘Read this script, it’s kind of like The Fugitive, take it and let’s put your spin on it’.  

Fast forward to May 2019, Waugh posted the trailer of “Angel Has Fallen” on Twitter and wrote, “For years @GerardButler and I have been wanting to collaborate. Damn glad it was this one. It was definitely worth the wait!”  

“Angel Has Fallen” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide. From Viva International Pictures and MVP Entertainment.

Adorable twins ‘Upin & Ipin’ embark on new mystical adventure in latest full-length film

If you have kids and have a Disney channel on TV at home, most probably you already stumbled on one of the daily episodes of “Upin & Ipin.” Well, there is a good news for you and your kids as “Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris” is set to be screened this August 28 in Philippine cinemas.

“Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris” is tagged as the most expensive Malaysian film in history reaching almost RM 20 million ($4.84 million USD) and roughly took five years for the entire production crew to finish this animated sequel. Executive producer Burhanuddin Radzi ensures that their latest masterpiece could follow the same quality of the international animated films and also elevate the standards of Malaysia’s animation industry.

The original Malay-language version is simultaneously released last March in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. It was well received by the fans, especially in its own country as it grossed around RM25 million in just three weeks.

It now stands as the highest-grossing local animated film in Malaysian cinema. The previous holder of the record was “Incredibles 2,” which made approximately RM21.7 million in local cinemas. However, the Disney•Pixar film accomplished the milestone in a span of three months where Upin & Ipin only needed three weeks to take over such record.

Synopsis:

“It all begins when Upin, Ipin, and their friends stumble upon a mystical keris in Tok Dalang’s storeroom that opens a portal and leads them straight into the heart of the kingdom. While trying to find their way back home to Kampung Durian Runtuh, the disoriented kids are suddenly burdened with the task of restoring the kingdom back to its former glory. With help from characters from Malaysian tales and folklore, Mat Jenin and Belalang, Upin, Ipin and their friends must overcome a series of challenging obstacles in this action-packed, magical and humorous adventure film.”

The adventure starts this August 28 when “Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris” arrives in PH cinemas.