Dame Helen Mirren gave another steller performance, though steely cold but quite appropriate as her role as a Colonel in the British Armed Forces. The suspense of this film is a killer while the American and British disagree on a drone attack. Complications arise when the American General and British Colonel order a drone missile strike to take out a group of terrorists in the heart of Nairobi right in the heart of the city with civilians all around. What about collateral? Yes, some innocent civilians will probably lose their lives but the terrorists , are all three in the top five list of East African terrorist and they will kill many more with with their suicide vests set off in a shopping market or mall.
The essential questions: Does conscience still figure in modern warfare? Do countries have a right or even a responsibility to kill their own citizens in a country neither is at war with to eliminate terrorism in the world? ( The targeted terrorists were both British and American citizens as well as Kenyan)
**** out of 5. . . . Thought provoking in the moral conundrum, well written, and most topical in the world today. This was the last film for Alan Rickman and he had a most worthy and appropriate last scene in the film.