(This review may contain spoilers).
I actually found this movie quite difficult to watch. There was a lot of action and tension right from the start and by the end of the movie, I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next.
There wasn’t a whole lot of background provided on the characters, though it was good to get some brief glimpses of the personal lives of Katherine and Frank before they were involved in making such difficult decisions.
I thought it was good to have the opportunity to see Alia and her family in brief snippets, since I then began caring about what was going to happen to her. But I was also able to see both sides of the conflict, so even though I was desperately rooting for Alia to survive, I wasn’t demonising the soldiers for the tough decisions I had to make.
While I would have liked to see more detail about many of the characters’ history and motivations (especially considering how personally Katherine seemed to have taken Susan’s defection), I felt that there was a lot of good detail and conflicts with the characters.
While all of them seemed to be struggling with morals, I especially found Steve’s actions to be commendable. I found it interesting that he wasn’t actually in the plane and had to direct a drone… even more so considering that he didn’t just see Alia as an image on a screen, despite not being there in person.
I thought it was really interesting to see the use of the bug and hummingbird cameras, though they did put me a bit on edge… especially when it came to the bug camera.
I really liked Jama’s character, especially towards the end of the movie. I thought it was really good to see how good he was at what he did.
While I did feel like I was missing a lot of the background of the characters and storyline, I did find this a really good, intense movie to watch.