(2016) (Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramatic Thriller: Various military and government officials must decide whether to alter a mission from capturing a radicalized Brit to killing her and other terrorists, all with the potential of human collateral damage.
- Colonel Katherine Powell (HELEN MIRREN) has long been after British citizen Susan Danford, a.k.a. Ayesha AL-Hady (LEX KING), who's since joined Al-Shabaab militants in Nairobi. Thanks to the work of local informants such as Jama Farah (BARKHAD ABDI), as well as U.S. Air Force drone pilots Steve Watts (AARON PAUL) and Carrie Gershon (PHOEBE FOX) stationed on a Nevada base, she now knows where Danford, her husband, and other terrorists are exactly located. Coordinating with Lieutenant General Frank Benson (ALAN RICKMAN) who's in a different command center with the likes of Minister of Foreign Affairs Brian Woodale (JEREMY NORTHAM), Attorney General George Matherson (RICHARD McCABE) and political advisor Angela Northman (MONICA DOLAN), the plan is for Steve and Carrie to provide the eyes in the sky to help coordinate the capture of the terrorists.
But when Jama's tiny surveillance drone feeds back video that shows two suicide bombers being equipped to inflict death and destruction somewhere nearby, Katherine and Frank agree the mission must be altered to that of a kill strike. But since that would involve killing two British citizens and one American in a country that neither Britain nor America is at war with, debate breaks out about the legal issues and potential political fallout.
That includes escalating the decision making to the likes of British Foreign Secretary James Willett (IAIN GLEN) and others. That grows increasingly complicated when a local girl, Alia Mo'Allim (AISHA TAKOW), sets up a table to sell her mother's baked bread right next to the target building, and everyone involved must figure out if preventing the possibility of many deaths elsewhere outweighs that of Alia who's near certain to be the victim of collateral damage.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might be intrigued by the subject matter and good reviews for the film.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some violent images and language.
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