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Drama - US

Drone (2017)

Duration1h 31m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: TV-MA, France: 12 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorJason Bourque
Writers/ScriptPaul A. Birkett, Jason Bourque
StarringSean Bean, Patrick Sabongui, Mary McCormack, Joel David Moore, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.4/10 by 6359 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 27% by 11 reviewers. Review2view: 4/10.

Elevator Pitch: Neil (Sean Bean) and Gary (Joel David Moore) are a drone operating team working in a bleak building in an unspecified American town. Their drone is flying over a Pakistani town and with the intent of bombing a terrorist they release several missiles, one of which kills a couple of ladies in an open space. Neil and his family live in a large suburban house with a yacht in the driveway, a For Sale notice attached. An obviously Asian man, Imir Shaw (Patrick Sabongui) who we have seen on the run from the security services, blags his way into the house on the pretext of buying the boat. He stays for a meal and it is revealed that his wife and daughter were killed by a drone strike, and that the brief case he has with him contains a bomb. He also has information about Neil’s wife’s activities. The CIA are on the trail. How will it all end?

Content: No nudity or sex, although it is obvious from the plot that some has taken place. Beer and wine is drunk in Neil’s home, and he is seen to be a bit drunk. His father has died and he and his brother have to clear his room in a home. Neil’s wife is conducting an affair, and someone, who we later find out is Shaw films her meeting with her lover. Neil argues a bit with his son. There is an increase in tension as Shaw reveals his reason for being in the house and the possible existence of the bomb. 

A View: This film is presented as a sort of moral tale. The ability of drones to destroy people remotely is chilling, but has been done better elsewhere. It is very slow, addressing an important subject on an economy budget. The man with the bomb forces Neil to reveal to his family that he is a drone operator, but I could not really have cared, and he hardly seems interested when his wife’s unfaithfulness is revealed. So not really a watch even for nothing while doing something else.  

Other movies featuring drones include: Eye in the Sky, Eagle Eye and Stealth.

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