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Drones (2013)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 27 June 2014 (USA)
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Two Airmen are tasked with deciding the fate of a terrorist with a single push of a button. As the action plays out in real time, their window to use a deadly military drone on the target ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Matt O'Leary ... Jack Bowles
Eloise Mumford ... Sue Lawson
Whip Hubley ... Col. Wallace
William Russ ... Gen. Lawson
Amir Khalighi Amir Khalighi ... Mahmoud Khalil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mae Aswell ... Mahmoud Khalil's Mother
Vivan Dugré ... Maj. Garcia
Drea Garcia ... Lt. Vasquez
Treasure Mallory Treasure Mallory ... Aisha Jackson
Nishi Munshi ... Mahmoud's Wife
Kevin Nelson ... Air Force Officer


Two Airmen are tasked with deciding the fate of a terrorist with a single push of a button. As the action plays out in real time, their window to use a deadly military drone on the target slowly closes. With time running out, the Airmen begin to question what the real motives are behind the ordered lethal attack.

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Soldiers are army. The drone operaters in this movie are Air Force and are referred to as Airmen. See more »


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Written and Produced by Kenneth James Gibson (BMI)
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imperfect melodrama, but overall well-scripted and acted dilemma

This modern military drama reminded me of By Dawn's Early Light and Lebanon. In all three, we watch a military crew in charge of a combat vehicle who have some serious decisions to make based on limited evidence. The consequences for not using deadly force could be just as disastrous as using it, to potential casualties and also to the careers and even the freedom of the actors involved. In all 3 films, we are limited to only seeing and knowing what the people in the bomber, the tank, or in this case the drone control shed can see and hear. The atmosphere becomes ever more intense as the consequences of their choices become less and less possible to avoid. There are some technical shortcomings to the film, such as background music that often overpowers the actors' voices. I was still quite impressed with the plausibility of the situation, even if the exact circumstances of the setting are an extreme example of brinkmanship and interpersonal conflict that could most likely only appear in a script. The dialog is authentic enough to pass muster. There are no obvious plot holes, and both characters seem to be trying their very best to do the right thing ethically while considering the awful, irreversibly life altering consequences of being wrong. Worth seeing and worth thinking about, because war is always messy and soldiers will always have to make life and death decisions based on disturbingly incomplete knowledge.

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