The filmmaker Gavin Hood attacks drones in his new film which stars Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Paul Aaron.
Known for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," but also for "Tsotsi," South African Gavin Hood book here an eminently British film, that is to say without "good" or "evil" on cynical and pragmatic.
It all begins with Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a colonel in the British Army whose mission is to coordinate his forces and the US to Kenya to capture more terrorists, including Ayesha Al-Hady (Lex King), a British radicalized.
All senior officers are to their screens watching the real-time operation. There are, of course, Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) and Carrie Gershon (Phoebe Fox), the drone pilots who will perform reconnaissance before sending patrol the ground, Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) , which oversees the operation of the English side, Lucy Galvez (Kim Engelbrecht), the US analysis, responsible for identifying suspects and ministers and politicians.
On the ground, two operators (including the Somali actor Barkhad Abdi, seen in "Captain Philips" with Tom Hanks) on what the military call "pickups RPA", that is to say of mini UAV (here, bird shape or fly) in charge of operating accurate monitoring on the ground.
But the situation changes when the terrorist group changes place and it appears they are about to launch a suicide commando. The capture operation becomes an elimination of the threat, Katherine Powell requesting confirmation of his order to launch a missile at the house.
Quickly, and by a combination of mundane circumstances (a girl is close to the target), Steve Watts demand an accurate assessment of collateral damage (that is to say potential victims), triggering discussions - and a reference to the hot potato - all military and political levels in both countries.
If the subject has been discussed in "Drones" with Ethan Hawke, the interest of Guy Hibbert scenario is beyond the moral dilemma that can have the driver of these machines. There, in a kind of camera high in suspense, everyone (or almost) avoids taking a decision.
We also see political maneuvering and hollow justifications for the military action. In 102 minutes, the filmmaker and his strong team of veteran actors deliver a deep reflection - although some twists are a bit unbelievable - on modern warfare. To have.