Drone attacks are part and parcel of modern warfare and this movie concerns the “prosecution” of three high profile Islamic extremists at a civilian house in a rebel controlled area just outside Nairobi.
The prosecution – a ‘lovely’ term – seems straightforward once the targets are positively identified, collateral damage estimated, risk assessment accepted and legal issues cleared – and the pilot and targeting operator are given the Green Light to fire. But there is an added twist as we witness two young men being fitted out with suicide bomb vests.
Then, at the moment the command to fire the weapon is about to be given, a young child walks into the picture and sets up a small table to sell bread directly in front of a boundary wall..
That is as much of the plot I will reveal as this is an absolutely riveting film that you must see.
It is set in real time so for the entire duration you are seeing what everyone else in the film is seeing.
There are stellar performances from Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman.
A movie of this nature cannot escape ethical and moral issues and while no judgments are overtly made I challenge anyone with an ounce of humanity not to be left with a sense of outrage at the futility and also the incomprehensibility of the senseless violence perpetrated in the name of religion.