“Angel Has Fallen” (Lionsgate)

Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman star in a scene from the movie "Angel Has Fallen." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service

Third installment in the series focusing on a dedicated and highly skilled Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) who, this time out, is elaborately framed for a devastating assassination attempt against the president (Morgan Freeman) that left a slew of the operative’s comrades dead and the chief executive in a coma. As the vice president (Tim Blake Nelson) takes over and uses evidence of Russian involvement to push for a war that would benefit an old buddy (Danny Huston) of the protagonist’s who’s become a private military contractor, and an FBI official (Jada Pinkett Smith) tries to figure out the truth, he escapes and goes on the lam to get to the bottom of it all himself.

Director and co-writer Ric Roman Waugh’s addition to the franchise that began with 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen” portrays marital and family solidarity by way of the response to the main character’s adversity by his wife (Piper Perabo) and estranged father (Nick Nolte), with whom he reconnects while on the run. But fidelity and reconciliation take a back seat to an amount of intense, relentless mayhem that may be too much even for many grown-ups.

Frequent harsh and often bloody violence, some gruesome images, a couple of uses of profanity, several milder oaths, pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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