Release Date: 20 July 2016
STARRING: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Babou Ceesay
Game of drones. When high-tech surveillance uncovers an Al-Shabaab terrorist cell prepping suicide vests in a Nairobi safe house, the opportunity to eliminate them with a missile strike must be taken
But a young girl selling bread in the vicinity creates a moral dilemma for supervising British Colonel Katherine Powell (a steely Helen Mirren) and US drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) – can one civilian casualty be justified in order to prevent even greater loss of life? Gavin Hood’s topical and gripping thriller reveals the political wrangling involved in sanctioning a drone strike (collateral damage assessments and second guessing), and more pertinently, the agonising decisions facing those who fight the war on terror by remote control. Highly recommended.