War may indeed be hell, but for some people, it’s considerably less hellish than others. That’s the moral of “Drone,” a new thriller about a white collar drone pilot who lives a comfortable life far away from the violence he rains down on other countries. Part psychological thriller and part military drama, “Drone” joins Andrew Niccol‘s 2014 film “Good Kill” among a new wave of movies discussing the morality of modern warfare. We’ve known for a while now that drone strikes are an integral part of America’s military tactics; what we don’t know, however, is how comfortable we should be with the ability to end dozens of lives at the flip of a switch.
And while “Drone” does seem to take a more generic — as in, of a genre — approach to this question than its predecessors by promising a game of cat-and-mouse between Bean’s character and one of his victims, that might only serve to make it more accessible. Start your Sean Bean death clocks; the over/under currently sits at the 90 minute mark.
Here’s the full plot synopsis for the film:
Drone pilot and family man Neil has spent his career conducting deadly, covert missions overseas all from the comfort of his suburban hometown. When an enigmatic, Pakistani businessman shows up at his home seeking revenge, Neil must confront the consequences of his actions.
Drone also stars Mary McCormack, Joel David Moore, and Patrick Sabongui and will hit theaters and VOD this Memorial Day weekend.