This war thriller is set predominantly in Eastleigh, a suburb in Nairobi, Kenya. Ok, I should just say that most of the action happens there anyways. Hellen Mirren who plays Colonel Katherine Powell a military officer based in the UK who has been searching for Susan Helen Danforth a British national who has been radicalised and is planning a terrorist attack in the country. She has done extensive surveillance on her hideout and the movie starts with her imminent capture after locating her hideout and trailing her to where she is meeting with new recruits.
I’ll tip-toe around the basic story line so that I don’t spoil it for you in case you watch it.
In a co-ordinated strike, American pilots Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) and his colleague Carrie (Phoebe Fox) are tasked with eliminating Ms. Danforth. The plot then revolves around this little girl who is selling bread just within the blast radius of the explosion. The storyline moves along quickly bringing in other characters in the story. The next 105 minutes will bring into perspective interrelated issues like terrorism, politics and humanity.
There is also a changing perception of how the war on terror is being conducted which will be evident in the film. This is because the greatest threat to a country’s security is the enemy from within. Besides that, one will question what is the place of politicians in deciding if a country goes to war? Because we have some real-life examples of disastrous results. On a lighter note, would you trust your representative in Parliament to make a decision concerning your life and the security of your family?
This is a provocative work of art that makes us raise questions on placing humanity over our security.
This film is directed by Gavin Hood who has also directed Tsotsi (which I haven’t watched but some good read reviews on) and written by Guy Hibbert
The producers of the film are Ged Doherty, Colin Firth and David Lancaster.
Thumbs Up 🙂 🙂
The theme is relevant especially during this day in time.
The cast delivered a well-coordinated project. Alan Rickman who passed away earlier this year has starred in the film which is bitter-sweet for his fans who know him from the Harry Potter movies.
Thumbs down 🙁 🙁
The African story being told still depicts war and trauma. You would think we didn’t have other stories to tell. (**insert side-eye**)
And while we’re still on the African narrative, I’m all for safety but the Kenyan commander doesn’t involve local leaders or policy makers he just lets other people make that decision and the collateral damage is that of his fellow-country. (like I said, it is thought provoking!)
Bits and pieces
It’s fairly new. It was released on April 1st 2016. It also came highly recommended by a friend who watched it after seeing a review in one of the local dailies.
I would overall rate it as an eight out of ten.
You can get it for about $15 or roughly Kes.1,500/- from iTunes and Amazon Video.