A former fighter pilot (Ethan Hawke) now navigates drone strikes from the safety of a Vegas air base. Longing for his former job, procedural changes at work and conflict at home makes him start to unravel. The often reliable Andrew Niccol, again reteaming with Hawke (in a off but not not valueless performance), delivers a preachy, overambitious, ostentatious screenplay made with uninspired direction. Worth watching for the intensity of several of the drone sequences.
** out of ****