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.

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Owen Wilson Weekend – I, Spy (2002)

spyDirector: Betty Thomas

Writer: Morton S Fine, David Friedkin (Screenplay) Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley (Story)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole, Phill Lewis, Viv Leacock, Keith Dallas

 

Plot: A professional athlete has to help a U.S. government agent recover a missing jet.

 

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Verdict: Buddy Comedy Fail

 

Story: I, Spy starts as we meet clumsy spy Alex (Wilson) who get the information about a missing plane that is in the hands of Gundars (McDowell) before meeting cocky boxing champion Kelly (Murphy) who is about to fight his second fight in a week in Budapest.

The mission puts the two opposite men together working with experience undercover operative Rachel (Janssen) in Budapest to locate Gundars and the missing plane.

I, Spy is a buddy comedy that uses both the comic reliefs and forgets to pull off either in the serious role which is so important to make either of them work. We find ourselves going through the same routines over and over with little to no suspense being built up by the characters. The jokes are very hit or miss throughout with the action being very much bog standard.

Wilson and Murphy just don’t click the way Wilson does with Chan or Murphy did with Nolte and nearly all the scenes come off feeling awkward rather than funny between the two. The supporting cast are all average too with no one sticking out in anyway what so ever.

 

Overall: This is a flat buddy comedy with no laughs.

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The Thaw (2009)

logoDirector: Mark A Lewis

Writer: Mark A Lewis, Michael Lewis (Screenplay)

Starring: Val Kilmer, William B Davis, Garry Chalk, Peter Kelamis, Brenda Crichlow, Anne Marie DeLuise, Kyle Schmid, Steph Song, Aaron Ashmore, Martha MacIsaac, Viv Leacock,

 

Plot: A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite.

 

Verdict: Poor Man’s The Thing

 

Story: We follow a renowned scientist and his team make a shock discovery on the edges of the Arctic Circle, one that could change the world, a virus. We also see a group of students who get to work with the scientist along with his daughter get bought up to the camp only to find it abandoned. What the team discover is a dead polar bear, but what is more disturbing is the fact the group find out there is some kind of bug with them that infects anyone they get in contact with.

With this story we do get to enter into the idea of cabin fever taking over with the infection spreading. It does turn into an eco-campaign/warning about how the world could be in danger with global warming. It looks at how an infection from a time past could be devastating on the world now and how we have to use knowledge to stop it spreading. It offers our student plenty of mystery to try and work through. After seeing this a couple of times it does show re-watch value but it does end up having a few main plots taken from larger know films. It is interesting, but never goes into enough details for the facts it tries to go for. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Val Kilmer: David scientist who has a difficult relationship with his daughter and his scientific celebrity status makes it hard to give up his research. He has discovered something terrible but in the end he is too late to stop his daughter joining them on the research site. Not sure why Val is in this film, he looks a little bit out of place. (4/10)

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Martha MacIsaac: Evelyn daughter of David who has been asked to join for the complete amount of money left by her mother. Even after being told not to go she goes and ends up having to be the brains of the act outsmarting all the students when it comes to the science. Good leadership performance but is that right for the story with student scientist. (6/10)

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Aaron Ashmore: Atom the first of the three students who is on the research team. He is the one who actually ends up taking control and realizes that they will need to make sacrifice to save humanity. Solid performance from Aaron. (6/10)

 

Steph Song: Ling Chen one of the students on the research team, she is the first to become infected after getting bitten by the bugs. Solid performance as the victim who has to go through the most. (5/10)

 

Kyle Schmid: Federico the last member of the team who ends up becoming the violent side of the cabin fever experience. He becomes threatened by the chance he might die after his girlfriend gets sick he panics and shoots first. Solid performance as the panicked member of the team. (6/10)

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Support Cast: With the supporting cast being other members of the team who have to deal with the problems, most are disposable characters.

 

Director Review: Mark A Lewis – Does a ok job creating a group isolation survival film but ends up getting caught up in an attempt to mix too many previous films. (6/10)

 

Horror: With the reality of what could happen makes for a good horror and with the cabin fever feeling all works out well. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: It is a look at what could happen in the future. (6/10)

Thriller: It keeps you guessing but never managers to pull you complete in. (6/10)

Settings: The isolation factor works really well for this film, it shows that if you were to get trapped you would need to do something to survive. (10/10)
Special Effects
: A lot of CGI effects to create the bug, but some good practical ones to make the effects on the people. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, it will feel like a cheaper version of other films but still has a few moments that shine. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The way the warning is made to be real.

Worst Part: Been here, seen that.

Believability: It could be a real chance of happening. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one, but unlikely

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: This spring, the sacrifice begins

 

Overall: Frost Bitten Thriller We Have Seen Before

Rating 60