Neil (Sean Bean) is a private drone contractor who spends his workdays flying covert missions then returns to a family life of suburban mediocrity - without his wife or son knowing about his secret life - until a whistle-blowing site exposes him to a deadly threat. Believing he is responsible for the deaths of his wife and child, an enigmatic Pakistani businessman (Patrick Sabongui) tracks him down, leading to a harrowing confrontation. Written by
I was taught the dead live on in three ways. Through their good deeds, through the charity other people give in their name and, most important, through the knowledge they leave behind in this world that benefits others.
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Not a traitor, but a weak, morally confused idiot, putting everyone at risk, and a proof military training desperately needs a strong philosophical and moral grounding
This film is another assault on common sense and morality by trying to falsely equate terrorism with covert and civilian-led, but state-sanctioned military action.
No, there is no moral equivalence between the wanton murder of innocent civilians aimed at twisting political decision making that terrorism really is and humane, risk-calculating, careful and pragmatic - yes, pragmatic, not ideological - military action.
I gave the movie an 8 because it shows very well the lack of adequate training of the civilian contractors - which possibly extends to the military personnel too - in what constitutes legitimate action and what is illegitimate action in military and counter-terrorism.
Counter terrorist drone-strikes are pragmatic actions governments take because all other avenues have failed. Avenues to stop a great and immoral damage terror inflicts on society, both ours and theirs.
Counter-terror drone strikes are not terror - although they may instil terror - because they only seek to eliminate a criminal individual or group and to reduce thus the risk they pose to all of us.
These strikes are not performed to advance political gains, particularly illegitimate political gains by unelected and selfish groups like all terror groups are.
The civilians who die in such strikes are terrible, heart-breaking, life-shattering deaths but the first, prime and exclusive guilty party in this are the terrorists who embed themselves in civilian population with the precise aim of drawing this public condemnation for any action that seeks to restrain their movements, actions that most likely result in such unfortunate deaths.
It is them and none else responsible for the civilian deaths around them.
Had they had any honour and dignity, they would not operate in civilian locations, would not take refuge under the guise of normalcy and would wear distinctive clothing to identify themselves as soldiers, would operate at a categorical safe distance from civilian locations, would act only on state-sanctioned missions, within clearly delineated military methodology, based on solid, transparent, court-vetted military deontology, LIKE OUR MILITARY IS.
The inability of this private contractor to argue his higher moral ground is bewildering and frankly putting everyone at risk.
At risk from offering people who harbour terrorists among themselves the opportunity to deny responsibility - when in fact are part of a vast mechanism of banal evil, minutely dripping into society, a mass of people failing to confront radical problems in their countries, projecting their demons onto others and then pretending to be wholy innocent victims - and to play out dramas like this that seek to instil an immoral self restraint in good people who try to limit evil in the world
And, no, good is not bad and bad, as much as it parrots pain and suffering, is not and will never be good.
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