Helen Mirren stars as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing, and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a 9-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of the U.S. and British governments over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Vitals: Director: Gavin Hood. Stars: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Iain Glen, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Phoebe Fox. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 102 min., Thriller/Drama, Box office gross: $11.098 million, Universal. Extras: “Perspective” featurette in which Helen Mirren, director Gavin Hood and producer Colin Firth explain how the film serves as a mechanism for discussion on the moral conflict surrounding drone warfare; “Morals” featurette in which Mirren, Hood, and producer Colin Firth discuss the moral and ethical questions raised in the film.
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