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Rotor DR1 (2015)

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In a post-apocalyptic world where half the population is dead or missing and the sky is full of autonomous drones, a 16-year-old boy named Kitch sets out to find his father, joined by DR1, his drone companion.


Chad Kapper





Credited cast:
Christian Kapper Christian Kapper ... Kitch
Natalie Welch Natalie Welch ... Maya
Tom E. Nicholson ... 4C
Steve Moses Steve Moses ... Hashtag
Patrick Casteel Patrick Casteel ... AJ
Ryker Marsh Ryker Marsh ... Greg
David Windestål David Windestål ... David - The Drone Hunter
Rick Montgomery Jr. ... Rick
Scott Davis Scott Davis ... Dr. Mitchell Scott
Bruno Gunn ... Jax
Tiger Da Jungle Guy Tiger Da Jungle Guy ... Guy on Bus
Aric Byrd Aric Byrd ... Fringer
Jane Plishka Jane Plishka ... Hannah
Claire Plishka Claire Plishka ... Girl at Drone Races
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hobbs Jerry Hobbs Jerry ... Third Place Pilot


In a post-apocalyptic world where half the population is dead or missing and the sky is full of autonomous drones, a 16-year-old boy named Kitch sets out to find his father, joined by DR1, his drone companion.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Shape our future.


Family | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

20 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drone DR1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Canton, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

StoneKap Productions Ltd. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film features many easter eggs to popular video games and pop culture like EarthBound (1994), Portal (2007), The Boondock Saints (1999), and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984). See more »

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Live action Disney Drone (in more senses than one)
14 November 2017 | by markkbransonSee all my reviews

OK--the acting is like the Disney Channel rejects. The plot is plodding along. The soundtrack is techo-un-inspired. The exterior shots are somewhat interesting in this post-apocalyptic film. I cannot recommend this film to you because of the observations above. I can say if you have an hour and a half to kill, there are far worse things you could be doing.

The acting is simply bad and I hope that this poor show is due to the near amateur-status of these leads. Christian Kapper (same last name as the director) and Natalie Welch are the leads who essentially cannot act themselves out of a wet bag. They show one look. They deliver lines like a rehearsal reading of the script. They do not create any sort of spark which could have mitigated the bad acting.

The plot is supported with the voice-over narration of Kapper and this voice-over does not help move the plot along. Things happen at random and the pointlessness of the narrative is further underscored. The ending is pretty clear from the first part, so there is not compulsion even to see how things sort of end.

Since we are seeing drone/human interaction, the techno-music seems appropriate, but it is simply not inspiring. There is a lame musical interlude on the bus, but that does not assist with anything.

The only light spot (if you will pardon this obvious pun) are the exterior shots, apparently of Ohio. Whether it is a snowy field after the drone race or the abandoned mall (where Kapper is reflecting with a voice over), the shots are of interest particularly given both the film's theme and our current politics vs. climate milieu. You might find these images part of your justification for seeing this film.

I cannot recommend this film, but I cannot say avoid it at all costs. There are some aspects worth the 90+ minutes, if you believe you have to explain yourself. I--on the other hand--don't need an explanation for anyone.

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