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  Rated R · 102 minutes · 2016

Drama, Thriller, War
It’s not easy to turn more than an hour of not doing something into compelling drama, but director Gavin Hood mostly pulls it off in this intriguing morality play, as a joint British/American military operation to capture members of a terrorist cell in Kenya abruptly shifts focus to a possible drone strike when surveillance indicates that a suicide bombing is imminent. The narrative shifts between multiple participants—a British colonel (Helen Mirren); the American drone pilot (Aaron Paul); the Somali agent on the ground (Barkhad Abdi) operating the nifty beetle-shaped surveillance device—as well as a Kenyan girl who becomes the focus of concerns over collateral damage. And while it takes struggling through a sluggish first act to get to the meat of the conflict, Guy Hibbert’s script ultimately finds real tension in people trying to do the right thing and/or cover their asses, all from a safe distance. The characters may be little more than broad types, but it’s still darkly effective to show life-and-death decisions coming from politicians distracted by a bout with diarrhea, or deciding if winning the “propaganda war” is worth a few more fatalities.


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Director: Gavin Hood
Producer: Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, David Lancaster, Xavier Marchand, Benedict Carver, Anne Sheehan, Claudia Bluemhuber, Guy Hibbert and Stephen Wright
Cast: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Iain Glen, Richard McCabe, Jeremy Northam, Phoebe Fox, Carl Beukes, Kim Engelbrecht, Aisha Takow and Lex King

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