It started as a playful rivalry. Back in 2013, Hollywood produced dueling “White House in Danger” movies, Roland Emmerich’s WHITE HOUSE DOWN and Antoine Fuqua’s OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. On the surface, the first movie had more firepower going for it, with Emmerich returning to his apocalyptic methods (seen in INDEPENDENCE DAY) while bringing Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx along for the ride.
And yet, six years later, it’s Gerard Butler and the HAS FALLEN team that are still kicking butts and taking names. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN inspired two sequels, the latest of which, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, is about to arrive in theatres. In preparation, we put together a refresher course — a history of HAS FALLEN adventures from Hollywood, telling you all you need to know before venturing to ANGEL on August 23.
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
The movie that introduced audiences to U.S. Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), who has to step back into action to protect President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) after the White House is attacked by North Korean terrorists. It was in this movie that we also met Speaker of the House Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), who will become more important in subsequent movies.
London Has Fallen (2016)
Because OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN made good money at the box office, the producers decided to take the show on the road, so to speak. LONDON HAS FALLEN saw Mike Banning and President Asher on a diplomatic trip to the U.K. to attend the funeral of a prime minister. During said trip, attempts were made on Asher’s life, forcing Banning to take action and keep both men alive.
Angel Has Fallen (2019)
Feeling beaten and broken from his previous adventures, Mike Banning contemplates retirement. But another mission, this time involving the life of current President Allan Trumbull (Freeman), pulls Banning back into the crosshairs of some dangerous people, leaving many fans to wonder how Mike is going to survive this one.
The HAS FALLEN franchise shows no signs of slowing down, packing theatres with late-summer heroics so audiences can get one final thrill before the season ends.
Make sure you have your tickets for the opening of ANGEL HAS FALLEN, which will be in an AMC near you starting August 23.