No matter where you fall on the spectrum, it’s hard to avoid any sort of political discussion. Whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even Snapchat (somehow I’m sure), you can’t avoid it. The last time we saw such fervor was during the Cold War, which Hollywood took and we saw the explosion of the political thriller.
The Manchurian Candidate, Three Days of the Condor and All the President’s Men came at a time when tensions were at an all time high. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a resurgence in this genre. From Snowden and Eye in the Sky, to even Marvel taking a stab at them with their Captain America sequels. You can’t escape it. Drone looks to capitalize on this trend.
Drone is an ideological thriller starring Sean Bean (that guy that dies in everything, also Lord of the Rings), Patrick Sabongui (Homeland, TV’s The Flash) and Joel David Moore (Grandma’s Boy, Avatar). The film is directed by Jason Bourque who also co-wrote the film.
As the title suggests, Drone is about a contract drone pilot coming face to face with the very people he is contracted to fight against. The movie weaves a story that instead of showing the fighting across the ocean, brings it home, where you feel most vulnerable. On principle, this is a fantastic idea. The change of setting brings a different viewpoint and challenging the moral compass of Sean Bean and the crimes he may or may not of committed.
Unfortunately, that idea is about all the movie brings. The film starts off with a bang (literally) and after the first 20 minutes or so, we are treated to dull, uninteresting dialogue. A film like this should pack a punch with it’s character’s. The character’s are just cookie cutter suburbanites, with nothing really making them interesting The twists and turns the movie brings are just boring because you don’t really care about anyone. The direction this movie went should have conversations that feel like a heavyweight fight. Going blow for blow and leaving you breathless at the end of the scene. WIthout that kind of dialogue, the entire middle portion of the movie left my mind wandering, sometimes forgetting to even comeback.
Despite this, Jason Bourque beautifully shoots this film. He really catches the mundane nature of suburban life, and how a character like Sean Bean may struggle with his choices because of his surroundings. The lead cast does a solid job bringing you into the film, even if the writing doesn’t give them a ton to work with.
Drone, honestly, is kind of a mixed bag. On the technical side, everything is very tight and well directed. At 91 minutes though, the lackluster writing really brings everything down and it more feels like a chore to get through than a harrowing experience. However, if you are a big fan of Sean Bean (who isn’t?), and a completionist, you will probably enjoy this movie.