Reviewed byandipacurarVote: 8/10/10
This film is another assault on common sense and morality by trying tofalsely equate terrorism with covert and civilian-led, butstate-sanctioned military action.
No, there is no moral equivalence between the wanton murder of innocentcivilians aimed at twisting political decision making that terrorismreally is and humane, risk-calculating, careful and pragmatic - yes,pragmatic, not ideological - military action.
I gave the movie an 8 because it shows very well the lack of adequatetraining of the civilian contractors - which possibly extends to themilitary personnel too - in what constitutes legitimate action and whatis illegitimate action in military and counter-terrorism.
Counter terrorist drone-strikes are pragmatic actions governments takebecause all other avenues have failed. Avenues to stop a great andimmoral damage terror inflicts on society, both ours and theirs.
Counter-terror drone strikes are not terror - although they may instilterror - because they only seek to eliminate a criminal individual orgroup and to reduce thus the risk they pose to all of us.
These strikes are not performed to advance political gains,particularly illegitimate political gains by unelected and selfishgroups like all terror groups are.
The civilians who die in such strikes are terrible, heart-breaking,life-shattering deaths but the first, prime and exclusive guilty partyin this are the terrorists who embed themselves in civilian populationwith the precise aim of drawing this public condemnation for any actionthat seeks to restrain their movements, actions that most likely resultin such unfortunate deaths.
It is them and none else responsible for the civilian deaths aroundthem.
Had they had any honour and dignity, they would not operate in civilianlocations, would not take refuge under the guise of normalcy and wouldwear distinctive clothing to identify themselves as soldiers, wouldoperate at a categorical safe distance from civilian locations, wouldact only on state-sanctioned missions, within clearly delineatedmilitary methodology, based on solid, transparent, court-vettedmilitary deontology, LIKE OUR MILITARY IS.
The inability of this private contractor to argue his higher moralground is bewildering and frankly putting everyone at risk.
At risk from offering people who harbour terrorists among themselvesthe opportunity to deny responsibility - when in fact are part of avast mechanism of banal evil, minutely dripping into society, a mass ofpeople failing to confront radical problems in their countries,projecting their demons onto others and then pretending to be wholyinnocent victims - and to play out dramas like this that seek to instilan immoral self restraint in good people who try to limit evil in theworld
And, no, good is not bad and bad, as much as it parrots pain andsuffering, is not and will never be good.
Reviewed byAzizi OthmanVote: 5/10/10
The movie was slow to develop, Sean and Patrick acting was OK, but theending was good. I've seen a couple of movies with the same theme butthis was a bit interesting as it involves interaction with the victim'sfamily.The Neil's family crisis was highlighted too early to begin withi thought Imir's character should be develop further on. Worth a watchat least once.
Reviewed bystartingfromscratchlvVote: 3/10/10
What was the accent that Bean was supposed to be using? it changed asthe film progressed.
As for the storyline, well, the premise was good but the acting wassecond rate to say the best. The over emotional kid.... and the endingI've seen more exciting in made for TV movies . Plenty of time for itto have been controlled better and the twist, I'd guessed that wasgoing to happen from the earlier dialogue.
Can't see why it was called drone, apart from that being his day job,better to have been called a little light drama of dinner.
I stuck it out to the end but, wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Neil (Sean Bean) is a private drone contractor who spends his workdays flying covert missions then returns to a family life of suburban mediocrity - without his wife or son knowing about his secret life - until a whistle-blowing site exposes him to a deadly threat. Believing he is responsible for the deaths of his wife and child, an enigmatic Pakistani businessman (Patrick Sabongui) tracks him down, leading to a harrowing confrontation.