Drone (2017)

Director: Jason Bourque

Writer: Paul A Birkett, Jason Bourque (Screenplay) Ian Birkett, Roger Patterson, Paul A Birkett (Story)

Starring: Sean Bean, Patrick Sabongui, Mary McCormack, Maxwell Haynes, Joel David Moore, Viv Leacock

 

Plot: Ideologies collide with fatal results when a military drone contractor meets an enigmatic Pakistani businessman.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Thriller

 

Story: Drone starts as we see a drone hit in Pakistan, one year later we are back in America with Neil (Bean) and Ellen Wistin (McCormack) a married couple dealing with everyday problems and a teenage son Shane (Haynes). Unknown to them they are being followed by Imir Shaw (Sabongui) a Pakistan business man.

Neil is a drone pilot working with his partner on the coms Gary (Moore), their craft is searching Pakistan for the latest terrorist subjects and they are an effective team. Imir coming into the lives of the Wistin’s who are also dealing with the loss of Neil’s father, just as the release of government employees information has been leaked. Imir comes into the lives to purchase a boat, but his true motives become clear and the secrets of the Wistin family are revealed.

 

Thoughts on Drone

 

Characters/PerformanceNeil is a secret private drone pilot contractor for the government. He keeps this job secret from his family, he is also going through the loss of his father, he now must face the consequences of the collateral damage on his mission. Imir is a calm businessman from Pakistan who has alternative motives, he wants to confront the pilot of the drone that killed his innocent family. Ellen is the wife of Neil, the two have become strained leading to her getting involved in an affair.

Performance wise, Sean Bean is good in this role but his accent is slightly all over the place. Patrick Sabongui is good in this role, he never shows any emotion which is needed for the character who has lost everything. Mary McCormack is solid but her character doesn’t get enough development.

StoryThe story is one that asks the moral questions about drone pilots and victims of their attacks as well as offering a suspenseful revenge story. the problem with the story is that is doesn’t get going quick enough because we clearly know where it is going, so why hold us back? There is also another glaring problem with this film and that is making Imir come off as villain, when it was clearly the American that committed the villain act first, but the final moments of the film do make everything important in the message.

ThrillerThe final third of this film does keep you on edge throughout the film but getting to that stage does seem to take a while.

SettingsThe settings do show us that the two men have similar lifestyles, they work hard and raise a family, but the cultures see things differently and this causes the conflict in the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very slow thriller which could have been so much better, but it does have a good message by the end of the film.

 

Overall: Slow burning thriller with rewarding ending.

Rating

 

 

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2017 Watched List – Part 11

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 101 – 110

1.    August: Osage County

2.    Bethany

3.    Rings

4.    Road Trip

5.    Chariots of Fire

6.    Dallas Buyers Club

7.    White Men Can’t Jump

8.    Train to Busan

9.    Hacked

10.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Favourite Film
Train to Busantrain

When it comes to zombies films I will always have a soft spot for them, but this one gives you the emotional punch unlike any other zombie film has ever offered us. This is a must watch for all film fans that will eliminate any questions when it comes to action horror.

Worst Film
Ringsrings

This is a sequel that completely re-writes everything we have come to know about the original couple of films. I did like part of this but it is the part that seems to get forgotten half way through the film.

Favourite Character
Sang-hwa – Train to Busanbest

Sang-hwa is travelling on the train with his pregnant wife, he will not let anything get near his wife and he will go through anything or anybody trying to hurt her and works with our hero Seok-woo to survive the train journey. His fighting skills were brilliant and what happens to his character will make you support him from start to finish.

Worst Character
Yon-suk – Train to Busanworst

While I didn’t think, he is the worst performed character he is one character you find yourself hating him from the first moment you meet him because of what he does through the film.

Star Performance
Meryl Streep – August: Osage Countystreep

When you look at all around acting this film has the very best on this list and you can look no further than Meryl’s performance as the mother, grandmother, wife and sister as she interacts with the whole family while suffering with her own problems.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.