Review: ‘Drone’ raises questions about remote-controlled warfare
A close-up examination of the ramifications of remote warfare, “Drone” is a solid, thought-provoking documentary that raises some pertinent questions even if they may not originate from the most objective of places.
While armed drones have become the weapon of choice in the war on terror, arguably saving the lives of countless American soldiers in the process, Norwegian filmmaker Tonje Hessen Schei takes the stance that the “point-and-click” technology is shaping a generation of indifference where humanitarian issues are concerned.
Gathering historians, civil rights activists and military personnel, including a repentant, former U.S. Air Force drone operator, the film has some justifiable concerns over accountability for civilian deaths and injuries in places such as Pakistan, where those hovering armed robots have become a way of life.
No MPAA rating.
Running time: 1 hour, 18 minutes.
Playing: Laemmle’s Music Hall, Beverly Hills.
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