A Las Vegas-based fighter pilot turned drone pilot fights the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other 12. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he's killing? Is he fighting a war without end.Written by
Toronto International Film Festival
Bruce Greenwood's character tells the hanger full of new cadets that drone raids are different than first-person shooter video games. Bruce's voice can be heard in the first-person shooter video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011). See more »
At the end of the movie, Suarez says "I turned in my wings" (resigned from the Air Force) and therefore the regulations barring fraternization between officers and enlisted no longer apply to her and Egan. Enlisted personnel do not have the privilege of resigning from the United States armed forces. Officers do, in certain circumstances. Enlisted personnel can choose not to re-enlist when their current enlistment ends, but they can't just quit. See more »
Ethan's acting is probably the biggest deterrent for me in this movie, but luckily the cheesiness doesn't last more than the first half. Silly things like his leather jacket to help him stand out amongst his peers in the desert sun at mid day. The movie is so well directed though, and the script is paced superbly. The dialog and character development keep you inside the head without having to narrate or explain anything overtly to the viewer so it really provokes thought in an organic way.
Supporting actors are very well integrated. Overall a terrific movie. I give it an 8 but at times it would be +/- 1 from beginning to end (7 to start, 9 at the end).
Very highly recommended if you're in the mood for something cerebral and heartfelt. I'd compare it to Requiem for a Dream, Rebound or Paid in Full in that respect.
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