Colonel Katherine Powell is a military officer based in the UK and working at a base in Sussex. She has command of a top-secret drone operation and she has been following a group of terrorists for years. She discovers several Al-Shabaab militants are planning a suicide bombing. She has have surveillance follow them to their safe house in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya is politically considered a non-hostel country. Originally, the mission was to capture the targets but now it has been switched a kill situation because of the suicide vests. At a base in Las Vegas, pilot Steve Watts and his assistant will be in charge of preparing and shooting from a drone with two Hellfire missiles. An international discussion between begins politicians at Whitehall in London and the U.S. Secretary of State now on a visit to China. A percentage value must be determined for collateral damage outside of the strike zone. Time is of the essence since the targets will stay in position for a limited time frame.
This is a taunt film with a lot of tension. The targets are very dangerous and could cause a high number of deaths in a suicide mission. What about the value of innocent people within the kill or injure percentage zone? I wonder how much back and forth really happens when contemplating a drone strike? How much of this film is true and how much is drama? 4* (I really liked this movie)
102 min, Drama directed by Guy Hibbert with Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Carl Beukes, Babou Ceesay, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen.
Note: Imdb 7.8 out of 10, 92% critic 88% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*.
Special Note: Filmed in South Africa. There are two small drones in this film, one the size of a bird and another much smaller like a large insect. Currently, these drones are in development but may not be in use yet because of battery life. There is a note in the credits: “Produced with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa.” Barkhad Abdi was the lead Somali pirate in the film Captain Phillips of 2013.