Very interesting doc which seems to be dividing the reviewers on Amazon. It looks at several issues:
1. The number of civilians, including children that have been killed by drone strikes over Pakistan over the last 10 or so years, and how the greiving parents & relatives have no comeback, no redress, no apologies, no means to pursue those who are killing their families. The only thing they do have is the shards of metal that the drone strikes leave behind, and the culture of fear that whole regions live under as the drones fly their daily missions over their houses, schools & fields. 2. The psychological pressure that the drone 'pilots' suffer, and the problems some of them face in dealing with what they have done. There’s also a testimony by one of the pilots before the UN, but to be honest this comes across as a bit of a wasted opportunity. 3. The expansion of drone technology, the money-making opportunities in drone production, and how this area of techspertise is growing exponentially. It also touches on how video games are being used to train & recruit new pilots.
No matter what your views are on 'The War on Terror', its good to hear all sides of the argument.
This is a well produced documentary about the current use of drones, mainly by the United States but other countries are also mentioned. The focus is very much on the morality of using drones rather than on the technology available.
It is shocking to think that the US is currently using drones to assassinate what it calls high value targets in foreign countries and no punches are pulled in this documentary showing the collateral damage inflicted. These executions are not an act of war because the US is not at war with these countries, instead they are targeting individuals believed to be involved in terrorism and eliminating them from distance without trial or regard for legal process.
This documentary does try to give some balance to the arguments regarding the use of drones and there is some hope that the future of drone technology will allow operators to see more detail and therefore identify targets more accurately. However it also makes the point that any new technology will eventually end up in the hands of your enemy and the idea of undetectable drones operated by the likes of Islamic State is quite frankly terrifying.
This is a very relevant documentary and one which may be an eye opener to a lot of people. I would highly recommend watching it.
A poorly directed, badly executed and ultimately pretty useless amateur documentary that whole-heartedly portrays drones and the U.S military as monstrous death dealers with no goal except the callous and mindless destruction of a civilised and hugely misunderstood collection of foreign nations.
The editing is poor, the opinions mostly biased and unbalanced, and the footage is too often manipulated or purely created by the documentary producers in an attempt to instill feelings of fear and disgust in the viewer, whom after 20 minutes is likely simply fighting to stay awake. Progression through the production is slow, fragmented and poorly paced.
The subject matter is important and of a highly sensitive nature. Unmanned Aerial Assault Vehicles affect and transform the lives of so many individuals within a large variety of roles, situations and geographical locations, and it deserves to be approached and documented with more respect.
If you're looking for an unbiased and nonsubjective documentary that tackles the depths of the values, costs, advantages and disadvantages of unmanned aerial assault vehicles then this is one to avoid.