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Difficult decisions and those who can and can not make them
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2017
I had this movie on my watchlist for quite a while. The list of actors appealed to me but the story sounded too close to depressing reality to be entertaining.
Contrary to my expectations, this movie pulled me in right from the start. The technology used to spy, infiltrate, and destroy robotically is fascinating in itself. However, the movie focuses on the difficulties that individuals have dealing with the consequences of war.
Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman are excellent in their roles as military leaders trying to eliminate terrorists. They make clear the frustration that results from dealing with highly restrictive rules of engagement as well as bureaucrats who are afraid to make a decision. Aaron Paul also excels as the drone pilot assigned to carry out the mission.
This is an intense movie that makes the war on terrorists, as well as the consequences on the innocent, very real.