Drones (2013) Movie Script

Target acquired.
Three, two, one, launch.
Major terrorist, one civilian...
that's pretty good.
We should really
get back to work.
This is work, lieutenant.
- It's a video game.
- Exactly.
We're required to play this
video game 10 hours a week.
- Keeps our skills sharp.
- Airman,
if there's activity at the location,
we're gonna miss it.
Trust me, ma'am,
there's never been any activity
over at mahmoud's parents' house.
I've been surveilling for an
entire month now. It's a dud.
He's probably holed up somewhere
over the border in Pakistan.
- A lucky shot.
- You look like you could handle level three.
- You wanna give it a run?
- Airman.
Put the monitors back now.
Yes, ma'am.
I'm sorry,
but that music's driving me nuts.
No, good idea.
We should turn it off.
Going telephoto.
Listen, ma'am,
they're just waking up over there.
- Nothing's going on.
- Can you check for corrections?
There's no change, ma'am.
We're in a straight up orbital pattern.
Autopilot, actually.
Roger that.
I just wanna make sure I don't
fuck up on my very first day.
There's no chance of that, ma'am.
That's why I'm here...
to take care of you.
Airman, I'm aware
that you know more
than I do about this aircraft.
I mean, you're the pilot
and you've been doing these
missions a long time, so I will...
Value your input.
Thank you.
Ma'am, you don't mind if I ask
you a personal question, do you?
How'd you end up here?
You wash out of flight school?
If you don't wanna talk
about it, I understand.
I didn't wash out.
- It's just what I heard.
- I was top stick.
You were top stick?
Well, then why
the hell are you here?
They found out I have
a detached retina...
partially detached...
and it's fixed,
and with contacts I can see better
than Chuck yeager ever did.
So even a general's daughter
gets fucked
by the big blue dildo, huh?
Yeah, I'm sorry, ma'am.
That's shitty.
Well, hey, u.A.V.S are the air
force of the future, right?
Pushing a button and hitting
a target 8,000 Miles away?
So precise that there's practically
zero collateral damage?
How awesome is that?
No, that's awesome.
I mean, it's not as awesome as
flying in the wild blue yonder
at supersonic speeds
in a kick-ass fighter jet,
all your academy buddies.
I mean I'm just saying
you never expect to be
in the middle of Nevada desert
with a hotshot punk who
barely graduated high school.
Airman, you want coffee?
My mom always says
I talk to much.
So there must be a lot of pressure
being a four-star general's daughter
and then washing out
of flight school.
I didn't wash out.
Sorry, ma'am,
that just came out wrong.
Airman, did anyone ever tell you
you're supposed
to push down on the razor?
Ha ha, very funny.
Well, you're not a real pilot
until you can grow one of these.
Try it.
So when's the action
start over there?
Two words, ma'am:
"Money shot."
- We should play.
- Colonel said this was a prime location.
Yeah, well, the colonel's intel
is fucked half the time.
You should get your old man
to give him a call.
Maybe he could hook us up
- with a bitching mission.
- I don't play the daddy card.
It's not my thing.
I don't understand that.
I mean, if my dad was your dad
instead of a half-drunk cab driver,
I'd be all over him for this.
See those swings?
That's the closest my dad
ever came to flying anything.
When he would push me on those
fuckers when I was a kid.
- When is bingo time?
- He would call me "flyboy."
What time is bingo?
Going stir crazy already, ma'am?
I just want to keep track here.
Well, we run out
of juice in an hour 21.
Are you sure we'll have
enough to get back to base?
Well, if not, we'll have
one hell of a ka-boom.
Yeah, that's all
I need right now...
crash a $12-million aircraft.
is it always this stuffy in here?
I'll go
turn on the a.C.
You're not worried about
washing out of this, are you?
I'm sorry. That came out a lot
worse than I thought it would.
I guess what I'm trying to
say is don't worry about it.
I wasn't even in a plane
until last year,
but I was such a kick-ass gamer,
they gave me a shot.
They threw me
in the fucking training program
with all these
hot-shit baggers...
dudes who flew
two tours in the sandbox.
They wouldn't even sit next to
me in the fucking cafeteria,
but I blew 'em all out of the water.
And since then I've had
23 successful target
prosecutions in 11 months
on that console.
Air force of the future.
Can't fix
a goddamn air conditioner,
but they can target haji halfway
around the fucking world.
It screws with your sleep
when you've been hot all day.
Gives you weird fucking dreams.
- Oh God.
- So if somebody's a jock,
I imagine they can pick up video
games without too much trouble.
It's okay, ma'am.
I've got you covered.
I'll take care of you.
I'll teach you "money shot,"
which is important,
'cause it's
our flight simulation.
And then we can just
play around,
maybe "call of duty."
You've got three weeks in that chair,
then your six weeks of pilot training.
You'll be fine.
My last sensor operator,
desean, he was...
he was from Compton,
but he was a college guy like you.
Became one hell of a pilot.
'Course I wouldn't want you
to turn out like desean.
What happened to him?
- Pizza?
- What?
Do you like pizza?
- Why?
- Celebrate your first mission, ma'am,
even if it is a Turkey.
- You like pepperoni?
- Sure.
Base operations,
this is chi-town boy.
Let me guess:
Your air conditioner
broke down again
and you want a large pepperoni.
- And two pops.
- You've got it.
- Umm...
- You don't like pepperoni?
- How about onion?
- Onion.
Actually, can I make that half onion,
half pepperoni, please?
Okay, but you'd better
chew some breath mints
before you try to put
the moves on me tonight.
Thanks, Annie. Out.
Thanks, airman.
You're welcome.
I mean, except for that
fucking air conditioner,
take out a few bad guys,
make the world safe
for democracy,
down a few brewskis,
eat some pizza.
The job's not too bad,
is it, ma'am?
You don't have to call me
"ma'am" all the time.
Okay, sorry, m... er...
It's a habit.
So, sue...
What's that short for?
Susan? Susanne?
# Oh, Susanna,
don't you cry for me... #
"Lieutenant" is fine.
Just don't think too much.
I can tell that you're
obviously a smart individual.
It's kind of what
I'm worried about.
What do you mean?
You know, the colonel,
he tells you who to take out
and you do it.
Some people are good at that,
some people aren't,
- because they think too much.
- Airman...
I landed a fully loaded
f-22 at night
in the middle of a blizzard
with one engine flamed out,
so don't worry about me.
If mahmoud kahlil shows up today,
I'll have no problem pushing this button.
Too bad you won't
get the chance.
- Oh... shit.
- What?
Communications checklist.
E.F.P. Operational?
- E.F.P. Operational.
- Okay.
Intercept coordinates
- Coordinates check.
- Lieutenant, this could be the break
I've been waiting
for an entire month.
See those guys on top of the roof?
That's mahmoud's parents.
They could be coming
up there to contact him.
- By cellphone?
- Sat phone... better reception on the roof,
but we have directional
imsi capability,
so we can just pick up
their communications.
What you need to do
is call base operations,
tell them we need a translator
for a high priority intercept.
Roger that.
it doesn't exactly look like
they're making a phone call.
Al qaeda always makes
phone calls in the nude.
I'm surprised
you didn't know that.
They think it interferes with
our intercept capabilities.
I mean, it doesn't, so...
please inform command
Fuck you, airman.
I'm sorry, ma'am.
I had to do it.
Give me the fucking
new-guy treatment?
- Nice job.
- Thank you.
No, they have a standing date.
They go up there every
morning and do the nasty.
Oh fuck, it's buffering.
Stop buffering.
Just stop buffering.
Oh God.
Good. Thank God.
- I'm getting some more coffee.
- Not right now, ma'am.
We've got to watch this.
- You want anything?
- Cream, two sugars,
maybe a skosh of nutmeg.
I'd be happy
to dump it on your head.
This is part
of our mission, ma'am.
Any activity in
and/or around the hut,
we are required to take note.
Oh, go, Ali.
Is zooming in part
of our mission, too?
Don't worry, lieutenant.
He's almost done.
Two, one,
You think she came too?
I think she faked it.
Ha! You're funny.
I didn't expect that.
I can't believe we can see
this much from five Miles up.
He does not care about
those low-hanging fruits.
He loves her
just the way she is.
Okay, airman, that's enough.
If you need to go behind the trailer
and beat off, don't let me stop you.
Yeah. I need
better visuals for that.
Yeah, stick around, maybe you'll get some.
Stepping out.
You know, you couldn't
do that in an f-22.
but the air conditioning would work.
Just a sec.
All yours, ma'am.
Congrats on getting hasan.
Thanks. It's kind of hard
to miss 'em on the open road,
but I did splatter his ass
halfway across the desert.
- So what'd I miss?
- Oh, you know,
some more hot arab smooching.
I was thinking we should
put this on YouTube.
You know, a middle-aged guy actually
enjoys making sweet love to his ugly wife.
Hey, he's not exactly
Allah's gift to women.
I mean, chicks don't
really care about looks.
- Sure about that?
- Not like guys.
I mean, my dad left
my mom when I was three,
and I tracked him down
about a year ago.
So I asked him,
"why'd you do it?
Why'd you leave my mom?"
And he looks at me,
"'cause she's
a fucking porker."
Now, I love my mom...
don't get me wrong...
but what could I say to that?
My mom makes lady Abdul over
here look like Cleopatra.
I bet your mom's not fat.
Some movement here.
Oh, look at that!
Caught in the act.
Look at 'em pulling up the blanket.
Do you think the kids actually
know what's going on?
What are they doing?
Did you ever see
your parents going at it?
I saw my mom
with a couple of guys.
She would forget to shut
the door when I was a kid,
which was fucking gross.
Shut the door.
Holy fuck. I know
what that banner is.
You know how to read
arabic, pashtun or whatever?
I don't have to.
Who are those kids?
Those are their grandkids,
I think. Yeah.
Yeah, that's mahmoud's children.
Whenever my dad was
coming back from somewhere,
David and I would make a banner
like that to welcome him home.
you're fucking awesome.
Base operations,
this is reaper 13,
- airman bowles.
- Airman bowles, this is command.
I'm transmitting
an image to you right now.
It has words on it.
It's probably in the pashtun language.
We need a translation asap.
All I'm seeing is
a kid's drawing on a sheet.
Yeah, but it may be evidence that our
h.V.T. Is en route to the location.
Copy that, airman.
I'll pass it on to our translator.
No, the last time you did that,
it took 10 hours.
Well, as you know, we have a
shortage of language proficient...
ma'am, I have lieutenant
sue Lawson here with me.
She's convinced
this is t-1.
You may have heard
of the lieutenant.
Her father is general Lawson.
You have
lieutenant Lawson there?
- Yes, ma'am.
- What do I care about that washout?
I hope she's been working
on her left jab.
- Major Garcia?
- Airman bowles,
the lieutenant was my student
at the air force academy.
I used to kick her butt
all over the boxing ring.
That's not how I remember it.
So you call it off, or what?
Can we get somebody
working on the intel?
Copy that.
I'll put it in as a t-1.
- You should hear back right away.
- Thank you, ma'am. Out.
So you used to box
with a detached retina?
How do you think
it got detached?
- And you kept boxing?
- Partially detached.
And fixed.
My God, you are macho.
I just decided...
I'm gonna ride your coattails to glory.
You cool with that?
- Front door's opening.
- If you're right about this banner,
I'm buying drinks tonight.
Okay, so that woman is...?
That's their mother.
That's mahmoud's wife.
I used to write
the words and David...
Would draw the pictures?
Your little brother?
Reaper 13,
this is major Garcia.
I got that banner
translated for you.
Thank you, ma'am.
That was fast.
It's highly sensitive intel...
eyes only.
The banner says
"Happy Birthday, daddy."
I'm buying drinks.
- What is this about?
- We believe
that mahmoud kahlil will be arriving
shortly for his birthday party.
Major, I need you
to contact colonel Wallace
and ask for an immediate
nine-line authorization
so we can prosecute
our h.V.T.
Copy that,
including the immediate part.
What's your fuel situation?
When's bingo?
Uh, bingo time is
one hour, eight minutes.
Copy. We'll get another
aircraft in position
in case kahlil
hasn't arrived by then.
Expect a positive handover
with reaper 9
- at bingo time.
- Copy.
Who else is currently
at the location?
Umm, there's...
There's several unidentified
terrorist suspects.
Copy that.
Nice work, guys. Out.
The fuck was that?
The fuck was what?
"Several unidentified
terrorist suspects"?
- No.
- Jesus, Jack. They're civilians.
They're fucking kids.
Yeah. It's just the way
it's done around here, ma'am.
I mean, 'cause this guy's
an h.V.T., he's an asshole.
Then why don't we get him
on the road driving in?
That way we'll have
zero civilian casualties.
Okay. Roger that.
All right, bring the m.T.S. Up,
I want to see the top
of that dirt road, please.
Adjusting camera
Before we drop iron,
we need a final direct
authorization from command
and we need a positive
visual I.D. Of the target.
He's coming any minute.
Well, how do you know that?
Psychic powers?
Judging by how his wife's hair is moving,
it's pretty windy.
She wouldn't put up
that banner unless she had to,
'cause it might blow away.
Not bad, Sherlock.
Not bad at all.
I wouldn't be surprised if
this makes it on TV tonight.
You know, we turn on fox news,
"U.S. military forces"
just killed another
Al qaeda operative
- "in eastern Afghanistan today."
- Hey, vehicle coming.
Establish auto-track.
Auto-track established.
- Telephoto.
- Uh, telephoto.
That's him.
All right.
Command, this is reaper 13,
airman bowles.
- Go ahead, 13.
- Kahlil is heading to the location.
- We need our go ahead.
- Nine-line is pending.
- I'm waiting on colonel Wallace.
- Major, you've got to help us.
He's a mile away.
If we take him out now, no civilians die.
Or wait two minutes and we take
out his whole family. Over.
- Working on it. Standby.
- We need to arm up in case
- we're authorized in time.
- Copy that.
- Code weapon.
- Weapon coded.
- Weapon status.
- Weapon armed.
- Select laser.
- Laser selected.
- Arm laser.
- Laser armed.
Reaper 13, what have you got?
Colonel, we have
30 seconds to prosecute
before he gets home
and we have to kill his family.
- Are you sure it's him?
- We're sure, sir.
- Have you met visual confirmation criteria?
- Yes sir. 10 seconds.
- God damn it!
- I beg your pardon, airman?
Excuse me, sir.
I'm sorry.
He just...
he just arrived home.
We did anticipate
this possibility
when we selected the location.
So have you
v.I.D.Ed the target?
Affirmative, sir.
I mean, he's playing with his kids now.
I am sending you the image.
Roger that. I'll contact centcom
and get the nine-line asap.
They'll be
extremely pleased. Out.
Fucking bureaucrats.
It's the whole reason
we lost Vietnam.
Those kids are like...
Six and eight?
You're gonna earn your stripes on this one,
Hey, why is
she outside sweeping?
Her husband's already here?
Why would she be outside cleaning
if her husband's already here?
I don't know.
She's fucking compulsive like my mom.
Are we positive that
that was mahmoud kahlil?
I am.
Are you not?
Well, airman, do you have
a copy of that photo?
This is him
10 years ago getting wasted.
This is him two seconds ago.
- See? It's the same guy.
- No, look at their faces.
- He grew a beard.
- Look at their foreheads.
Well, I mean, that's what happens
to guys when they get older.
They lose a little bit
of their hair.
Yeah, did he get a nose job?
Hey, listen,
we just got a fucking break.
If that's not kahlil,
we can still hit him on the road.
All right, but he better fucking
show up soon. Bring up the m.T.S.
Reaper 13, you are cleared to
engage for immediate attack.
No sir, there's...
I'm sorry.
There seems to be
a small hitch in the mission.
We happened to have
I.D.'Ed the wrong guy.
It's not...
it's not mahmoud.
- Are you shitting me?
- I'm sorry, sir.
I just called the secretary
of state about the wrong man?
Yes, but that's because
they look awfully alike, sir.
So what are you saying, airman?
All towelheads look alike?
Get some fucking glasses,
you idiot.
Sir, we are trying
to avoid killing civilians.
This is exactly the kind
of half-assed bullshit
that drives centcom
up the fucking wall.
We can rectify it, sir.
We believe that mahmoud's still coming.
You'd better pray
he's still coming.
I'm not blaming you, lieutenant.
Obviously you outrank
airman bowles,
but today is your first day.
This isn't your fault.
- I appreciate that, sir.
- As for you, airman bowles,
if this hvt isn't
blown to hell real soon,
I'll see to it
that you never fly again.
Now you are under strict orders
to engage mahmoud kahlil
the moment you see him.
But not without indisputable
visual confirmation.
- Yes sir. Thank you, sir.
- Out.
Fuck me.
Is it my fault
these guys look the same?
- I didn't know what to say when he...
- Don't apologize.
I get it.
We all have to cover our ass.
I just wanna know who this
guy is if he's not mahmoud.
I'm thinking
he's the wife's brother.
Or maybe mahmoud's brother.
I wouldn't feel like such a dick
for mixing 'em up
and almost killing him.
Fuck it. He's probably Al qaeda too,
or at least Taliban.
These guys are tribal.
Even the women hide
kalashnikovs under their burkas.
I bet every single one of the
hajis knows about his plan
to attack the U.S.,
you know?
If kahlil gets home and we have to
drop the hellfire on the hut...
We'll probably
take out five terrorists.
And two children.
Five to two is pretty damn good.
If we got that percentage
on every one of our missions,
we'd be jumping up and down.
We'll get kahlil when
he's coming on the road.
Everything will be fine.
Auto-tracking operational?
- Auto-tracking, check.
- Telephoto function?
Telephoto, copy.
As soon as we see him, boom.
Okay? It will be a precise
fucking kill this time.
Have you ever had a kill
that wasn't precise?
We're fighting a war.
Compared to any other war,
the shit we do here
is pretty clean.
And the other percentage
is even cleaner.
- What other percentage?
- The percentage of us who die.
Zero... unless you count
guys like desean.
He died?
- Yeah.
- How?
After he trains with me,
he becomes one hell of a pilot.
I mean everybody loves him.
Very likable guy.
He gets assigned
to operation slingshot.
He's in one of the trailers
across the way.
Well, luck just so has it
he's the pilot
who drops hellfire
on the h.V.T.
When you do that,
you have to stick around,
take photos to confirm
but usually
you just see char and smoke.
We're all celebrating,
high-fiving him.
He looks happy.
But that night he goes down
to the half moon bar
where you and I are gonna
get some drinks tonight.
Sits in the corner,
throws back 10 shots,
gets in his car,
drives off a fucking cliff.
Son of a bitch
grew up in Compton.
He probably witnessed
a thousand drive-bys.
And this is what gets him?
In my opinion, lieutenant...
- Desean thought too much.
- I know.
We just gotta blast
this terrorist son of a bitch
and fly away.
I mean, we're not like
the fighter jocks
who just drop iron and take off.
We gotta stick around
and watch for squirters.
- Squirters?
- Yeah, squirters are
people who survive the splash
and then take off running.
We deal with them as ordered,
then we vid the body parts
- of the dudes we just took out.
- Oh, Jesus Christ.
Hey, sue, we're not
getting paid to bake
oatmeal cookies.
And make babies.
A few fucked-up dreams come
with the territory.
- Go full on the road.
- Copy.
I wish they'd get
the hell inside...
That way they won't see their
dad getting blasted to bits.
I'm sorry I told you those stories
about desean and the squirters.
I'm just trying to get you
prepared for what you need to do.
My dad always
used to tell us stories...
About flying
over hanoi at night,
three migs on his ass,
Russian sams
exploding all around him.
His buddy Tommy
going down in flames.
Guess I'll...
Tell my kids about
the time I pushed a button...
And watched a dead man's family
pick his arms and legs
off the road.
Yeah, the first time's weird.
You'll get used to it.
It's nothing like being
in a real fighter jet.
My old man
never told me a story.
All I remember is
playing flyboy with him.
More like stepping on an ant.
There's no danger.
That's fine by me.
I mean, I'm 22.
Shit. I don't wanna die
until I've had a threesome...
With... both women.
God, it's fucking hot in here.
All right.
Gonna try the a.C.
One more time.
You know, I almost
didn't wear this today.
Oh yeah?
Why not?
What, a combat flight suit
when we're sitting in a fucking
air-conditioned trailer?
We wish.
I feel like
a fucking fraud don't you?
No, I don't...
Ask all the terrorist
sons of bitches
I wasted
if they think I'm a fraud.
I'm proud to be defending
my country, lieutenant.
You need to quit trying
to impress your old man.
This isn't about being
a hero like him and his pal.
All right?
It's about winning the fucking war,
about doing our job.
They're going in.
I'll tell you what.
Fly a little closer
to the mountaintop.
We'll be able to see all
the way down the main road,
buy us a few extra seconds.
Heading 40 degrees
40 degrees
north-northeast. Check.
Come on, mahmoud,
show your fucking face already.
At least he's willing to die
for what he believes in.
What's that supposed
to mean, lieutenant?
Does that make him
some kind of fucking hero?
The 10 guys who crashed
into the world trade center
believed in what they were doing too.
Does that make them heroes?
Of course not.
That's not what I meant.
- See, I remember when that happened, lieutenant.
- So do I.
I'm just saying I studied the
history of war for four years
and this is like no war
I've ever read about.
Well, maybe you shouldn't have been reading.
Should've been playing video games.
That's what this is...
it's a fucking video game.
- And a goddamn soundtrack.
- What are you looking for? Danger?
I'm just saying if we can take
out anybody at any time, anywhere
and not worry about
any of us getting killed,
what's to stop us from playing
some really fucked up video games?
We're trying to bring freedom to these
screwed-up countries, lieutenant,
and at the same time
stop them from attacking us.
God damn it.
You may talk the shit,
but you're your father's daughter.
You know damn well this is
good for the whole world.
Not just America.
When we do what we gotta do.
And when we do what we gotta do,
we help people everywhere.
Fuck, it's hot. God.
Fucking God damn it.
Jesus fucking Christ.
Sorry, lieutenant.
I wasn't thinking.
You're right, it's fucking hot.
Vehicle coming.
Establish auto-track.
- Auto-track selected.
- All right.
- Go telephoto.
- Telephoto, check.
I can't see anything.
- The windows must be tinted.
- It's gotta be mahmoud.
What do we do?
We don't have a choice, do we?
Gotta wait till
he gets out of the van.
But then he'll be
too close to the house.
Look at that...
imsi activity.
Major Garcia,
we've got a possible sat phone intercept.
I need a translator right now.
Airman, we have a translator standing by.
One second.
- We don't have one second.
- This is lieutenant habib.
what you're listening to is a man in a car
talking to an older gentleman
in the house.
he says he gave the chickens
to the man in kandora.
He's asking the guy in the van
"did you get
the bottle of wine?"
So that can't
be mahmoud in the van.
He's a Muslim fundamentalist now.
They don't drink wine.
Al qaeda agents might use code
when they think
we might be listening.
"Chicken" is a word
they use for "money."
"Bottles of wine"
could mean "bombs."
He says they had to hide
the wine from Afghan police.
Did the guy in the house just
call the man in the van mahmoud?
- That's right.
- Fuck visual I.D.
We need to blow this van up
right now. Come on.
Lieutenant, "mahmoud"
is the most common name in Afghanistan.
- It's like "Joe" in the us.
- Sir, his name's mahmoud,
he's got bombs and he's
coming home for his birthday.
- All right, set codes.
- Codes are set...
And armed.
- We can't wait.
- The guy in the van called the other guy "Uncle."
Is the mahmoud you're after the
nephew of anyone in the house?
No, he's the son
of the guy in the house.
maybe the other guy in the van...
- maybe he's mahmoud's Uncle.
- Yeah, but was he old enough?
I don't know.
He says there's gonna
be a protest on Tuesday.
Well, fuck what he's saying,
lieutenant. We're just...
shit shit shit shit.
Too late. He just got home.
Thank you. Out.
Maybe we can still hit him right
now as he gets out of the van.
- That way the kids in the house still have a chance.
- Negative.
We're way too close
for squirters.
These hellfires...
no joke, man.
Come on, mahmoud.
Show your ugly...
Fucking face, mahmoud.
It's a bunch of old geezers.
What, is this a shuttle
from the old folks' home?
Fuck me.
Oh my God, a baby.
Fuck me twice.
I'm guessing that's mahmoud.
Not unless he shaved his head.
Guess again.
Look at his bag.
Jesus Christ.
How many people are in there?
Is this a fucking Chinese fire drill?
I'm counting six people...
And one goat.
Billy goat gruff,
that was a bad move.
Don't wanna kill you.
Ugh. M.T.S.
The real mahmoud
better show his face soon.
After all the work that you
and I have put into this,
I am not letting
another reaper get the kill.
Well, we have 47 minutes.
No, we have 46.
That maneuver spent
about a minute of fuel.
Hey, vehicle coming.
establish auto-track.
Auto-track, check.
- Telephoto.
- Okay.
Fuck. I can't see
anything again.
It's the glare from the sun.
You see the bend
in the road up there?
He might dip out of the
glare for a few seconds.
Drop the m.T.S. Down
five degrees.
I'm gonna head 10 degrees
west for better visibility.
10 degrees, check.
- Shit.
- Auto-track.
- I got it.
- No, you gotta hit reset.
Got it.
Here he comes.
Shit, it's a woman.
Can't see any other passenger.
Pffft. Well, if that was him,
we could've got him.
How many people are gonna show
up for this fucking party?
He's the friendly neighborhood terrorist.
I bet this isn't even
a birthday party.
I mean, it could be just a
meeting of his terrorist cell
before they head off
to the U.S. of a.
What, the kids
and the old folks?
Policy on this? Hmm?
How many civilians can we kill
in order to take out one h.V.T.?
We don't know how
many of them are noncombatants.
Breaking audio tracks...
Where the hell did they
get those hats? K-Mart?
What is that?
Who's that?
Jesus Christ.
Look, that's him.
Yeah, it's him.
We gotta do this.
- We gotta take 'em all out.
- Okay.
Do it fast...
that's the trick.
Do it fast, get it done.
Select auto-track.
Sue, don't think about it.
Just do it.
- Hit the switch.
- Okay.
Auto-track set.
Telephoto on, in range,
code weapon.
- Weapon coded.
- Select laser.
Laser set.
Arm laser.
Laser armed.
Fire laser.
Lieutenant, fire laser.
fire the motherfucker.
- Fire.
- I can't do it.
Our orders are clear...
liquidate this asshole
the minute we see him.
Come on.
fire the motherfucker.
Just a second!
If you don't put the laser on,
I can't launch my weapon.
I'm not gonna do this.
I'm not gonna kill these people.
You don't have a choice.
Lieutenant, you heard
- what colonel Wallace said.
- That was before all these civilians showed up.
Centcom wants this guy dead.
We need to call the colonel,
inform him, see if there's
a change in mission.
He's not gonna care about
a few extra terrorist suspects.
12 extra, including a baby!
By the time it makes it on TV,
there won't be 12.
And there won't be any babies.
I will not do this.
I will not kill 12 civilians.
We have a chance
to take out kahlil,
and if we don't,
he can potentially kill many other people.
We need to focus on our mission.
That's what I do.
I'm a pilot on a mission,
like every other pilot
in every other war before me.
You need to focus
on what you're doing,
obey orders from and trust the
chain of command like they're God.
My last mission?
I was downtown islamabad.
I had to take out
a drug lord who was
funneling millions
of dollars to Al qaeda.
I had no problem dropping a
hellfire on him, middle of the day
he had no idea what hit him.
Around here I was a hero.
People were buying me drinks,
even though they knew
it wasn't exactly precise.
There was
collateral damage a little.
Took out a mom
and her little girl.
I mean, I dropped a fucking
hellfire in the middle of the city.
Of course.
But you can't think about it.
You can't.
You just can't think about it.
Focus on the mission,
because our job is but to do or die.
- We have to call him.
- Forget it, lieutenant.
I'm not gonna have him pissed
off at me twice in the same day.
- Jesus, Jack. Really?
- I've never seen the brass
call off a mission against an h.V.T. Never.
Not once.
It's never gonna fucking happen, okay?
They better be enjoying their cake.
- It's the last thing they're gonna eat.
- Everybody always talks
about minimizing
civilian casualties.
We don't know
who these people are.
We are trying to win
hearts and minds,
not alienate the whole country.
We could be goddamn saints
and we would still
alienate them.
Even if we took out
100 bad guys and one civilian,
the Taliban would just spin it,
make it look like we...
Massacred half the babies
in the country.
All right?
These people... these...
what are they doing
to that goat?
I don't know.
Looks like they're
having a barbecue.
Oh God, I can't...
I can't see animals
get fucked up.
Ever since I was a kid,
it messes with me, all right?
I'm calling the colonel.
I'll let him know you're against the idea,
but honestly, I think
you're glad I'm doing this.
Operations command, this is
lieutenant Lawson, reaper 13.
Lieutenant, what you got for us?
Major, I need you to patch us
through to colonel Wallace.
We have eyes on mahmoud kahlil.
You guys got
a v.I.D. This time?
- Affirmative, but...
- Then go ahead and engage the target.
There are now 12 civilians
at the location.
If we engage the target,
the collateral damage
- will be significant and dramatic.
- First of all,
this order has been
confirmed by jag.
Second, the colonel is
in a telephonic meeting
right now getting his
telephonic ass reamed out,
because thanks
to your faulty intel,
he told everyone we have kahlil.
So three, he won't give
a rat's ass about your opinion,
even if you are
a general's daughter.
Engage the target, lieutenant.
That's an order.
- Major, I need to speak to the colonel.
- Listen, lieutenant,
I'm trying
to save you some grief.
By ordering me
to take out noncombatants?
Hey, I've been there.
It's easier
if it's a clear order.
Well, I'm sorry.
I'm not gonna do it.
Okay, sue, your funeral.
Stand by for the colonel.
Good luck, lieutenant...
Im going to pretend that
I don't know you.
Lieutenant Lawson,
I understand
you've made a v.I.D.
Affirmative, sir, but I need
to inform you that...
that you have 12 other
potential hostiles on site.
No problem.
The mission remains unchanged.
Sir, most of the people there
are not potential hostiles.
Kahlil's extended family is
part of his terrorist network.
Now let's get this done.
We've been chasing this h.V.T.
- Way too damn long.
- Sir, one of the civilians is a baby.
You'll have counseling
available after the mission.
I question the wisdom of prosecuting
the mission if it means...
lieutenant Lawson, you of all
people should understand
the importance
of destroying Al qaeda.
I also understand the
importance of human life, sir.
This mission is completely in accordance
with the rules of engagement.
Now I understand
you're feeling emotional.
That's not the point.
There's nothing wrong
with that, but it means
you're not equipped to make cold,
calculated, strategic decisions.
that's not your job.
That's for men like your father.
Now let's get on with this.
I want you to get off of the radio...
colonel, here's the thing...
we only have 29 minutes of fuel left,
but another reaper's coming to take
over for us when we're done here.
If it's really necessary to take out
kahlil, they can do it when he's leaving.
Your handover won't be there
in 29 minutes.
He won't be there
till two hours from now.
Sir, if he's an h.V.T., then...
we had to divert reaper 9 to
an incident at parwan province
and we can't leave your
hostile naked and unsurveilled
until your new backup arrives.
Still not an issue, sir.
Kahlil won't be leaving the
location in the next two hours.
They just started barbecuing
a goat for his birthday party.
It takes a lot longer than two
hours to cook a whole goat.
Oh really?
How many goat barbecues have you been to?
It's a really big animal.
It's obvious.
I can pull it up on the
monitors and send it to you.
Lieutenant Lawson,
the decision has been made.
We just had seven American soldiers
killed in Afghanistan today,
and unless we've got a dead Al
qaeda leader to give to the press,
those seven dead soldiers
are gonna be
the lead story
tonight and tomorrow.
That will not make
the secretary happy,
that would not make
the joint chiefs of staff happy,
and I promise you,
it will not make you happy either.
- Airman bowles.
- Yes sir.
- Laying low, huh?
- I'm trying to, sir.
Yeah, I don't blame you.
Airman bowles did not want
me to contact you, sir.
But here's your problem, airman:
If anything goes wrong
with this mission,
I will hold
you both responsible.
She may outrank you,
but you're the pilot.
I... yes sir, I just... I'm not clear
on the protocol of this situation.
Lieutenant Lawson, you swore an
oath to defend the United States
from her enemies.
Now honor that oath.
You have a top-level Al qaeda
operative in your sights,
and I expect him to be in the
devil's hands within three minutes.
Do you read me, lieutenant?
Yes sir, loud and clear.
I'll be watching you. Out.
Yes sir. Out.
More like "ouch!"
Are you ready to do this now?
Look at this guy drinking wine.
You're getting thirsty?
Come on, let's do this.
What if the colonel's
completely wrong?
"What if the colonel's
completely wrong?"
- About what?
- Everything.
What if his intel's
completely fucked up?
Because this guy is
clearly not Al qaeda.
How the fuck
would you know that?
Drinking alcohol
is strictly prohibited.
I'm sure these dudes sneak
a sip every now and again.
Come on, he's not sneaking.
Look, he's twirling his wife
around like he's a pro.
Oh my God. Two of the 9/11 terrorists
took dancing lessons in Florida.
- So the fuck what?
- His wife isn't wearing a burka or a hijab.
None of the women are.
We haven't seen a single thing
that says Al qaeda,
Muslim fundamentalist or any of that.
You know, this whole birthday party
with the barbecue and the K-Mart hats?
I mean, honestly, Jack,
how Western can you get?
Do you know what real Muslim
fundamentalists would think of this?
No, I don't.
I'm pretty sure
you're about to tell me.
"It's unanimously forbidden
for a Muslim to celebrate"
his own birthday with a party,
or distributing food,
"or special costumes,
or dancing."
I don't care if this guy
celebrates his birthday
doing the fucking cha-cha-cha
in a bunny suit.
I don't care. We have to kill him.
He's a terrorist.
Well, we're calling him
a terrorist because he went
across the border and he conspired
to kill this Pakistani general,
- waleed zehawi.
- No, that's not why.
We're calling him a terrorist
because the chain of command
says he's a fucking terrorist.
What the hell's
the matter with you?
"Zehawi is one of the strongmen
who tried to prevent"
a Democratic election in 2011.
His unit was responsible
for breaking up demonstrations
"and sometimes
torturing dissidents."
Remember that?
They said there was gonna be
- a demonstration on Tuesday.
- So what?
So what if mahmoud wasn't
even trying to kill zehawi?
I mean, maybe he was just
organizing demonstrations
and we're taking him out 'cause we're
sucking up to the Pakistani government?
I don't know, okay?
I'm just a kid from the
South side of chica...
- I'm not into politics!
- Jack, doesn't it piss you off
that people may be lying to you
to get you to kill children?
If you start thinking like that,
you're gonna go fucking nuts, okay?
Trust me.
What about the mother
and daughter you took out?
What if that mission was a lie?
That is none of your business,
so don't fucking
go there, lieutenant.
How do you know for sure that
guy was really funding Al qaeda?
You don't. It could be another
Pakistani civil war thing
and you took out that
little girl for no reason.
What the fuck
did I just say to you?
- I am not gonna kill random civilians.
- What do you think I am,
a piece of shit?
And I wanted to kill that little girl?
I am not a fucking terrorist.
That is not what I am.
All right? I am a soldier.
That had to take out
a little girl and her mother.
And every night I toast to them.
Before I go to sleep.
But it doesn't matter,
'cause that's the type
of shit that happens in war.
You better get used to it.
- Sir.
- It's been three minutes.
Tell me mahmoud kahlil
is not longer with us.
- I'm not gonna kill him, sir.
- Lieutenant!
You are threatening
to commit an act
of gross insubordination
on the field of battle.
Sir, I am not prepared
to kill 12 people
in order to take out
mahmoud kahlil.
I'm not convinced that he or
his family are really Al qaeda.
This is an article 32 offense.
Arguably, it meets
the definition of treason.
According to the nuremberg principles...
you will be court-martialed.
You will do time
in a military prison.
- A lot of time.
- I realize that, sir.
Your father will not
be able to protect you.
It's a matter
of conscience, sir.
Airman bowles.
- Yes sir.
- I order you to disregard
any orders
from lieutenant Lawson
and expend
the ordinance yourself.
I'm ordered to disregard orders?
I can do that, sir.
No, he can't do that, sir.
Advanced controls are on my console.
Airman, what are you?
About 6'2", 180?
On a good day, sir, yeah.
And what's the lieutenant?
Sh-she's a girl.
How big is she?
5'7", 130 tops?
Ye... yes, give or take,
probably take.
Airman bowles,
I want you to employ
any means necessary
to stop her from interfering
with this mission.
- Pardon me, sir?
- Are you kidding me?
If you fail to take action,
airman bowles,
I will have you
court-martialed as well.
Sir, I'm a little worried
that if I take action
against the lieutenant,
that her father
may take action against me.
Don't worry
about general Lawson.
I just got
off the phone with him.
You talked to my dad about this?
In fact, it was his suggestion
that if you cause
further problems,
airman bowles should deal
with you as necessary.
- Yeah, he'd never say that.
- Your father understands
that you cannot let
your personal feelings
prevent you from doing
your sworn duty.
Airman bowles, what is
your precise bingo time?
It is 20:24, sir.
Then you'd better act
within the next 19 minutes
if you expect to wake up
tomorrow a free man.
Now do it. Out.
- Yeah, don't even think about it.
- Jesus Christ, lieutenant.
- Jack, come on, you know I'm right.
- I'm not...
I'm not gonna disobey
a direct order.
- Well, according to international law...
- I don't wanna...
God damn it.
I don't wanna beat you up.
I'm not gonna... just...
- Jack.
- Lieutenant.
Ow! Oh God.
Holy shit.
Sorry. You okay?
No, God damn it.
I'm fucked.
I tried to warn you.
Hey, you know what?
I know how we can fix this.
Yeah, I'm sure you have a
fucking wonderfully stupid idea.
No, listen to me.
What if I really fuck you up?
I think you've done enough.
We'll give you some
really nice bruises,
make it look like
you tried to do your duty,
- but I stopped you.
- I'm sorry.
Your big solution is to tell
everybody I got beat up by a girl?
I'm not just any girl, Jack.
I could outbox
half the guys at the academy.
I'm well aware
of that now, okay?
You're just...
you're still a girl.
You're more concerned
about seeming macho
than about saving
12 people's lives?
You're an even
bigger pussy than I thought.
What about you?
- What about me?
- Oh my God.
- Huh?
- You are facing court-martial
for gross insubordination
as it is, all right?
If we make it look like you assault me,
you're gonna do real time.
Come on, the colonel's
just blowing smoke.
Come on, they would
never court-martial me
for trying to save
civilian lives.
Can you imagine the
international publicity of that?
Well, if they don't
court-martial you,
they're definitely gonna
boot you out of the air force.
Yeah, I know.
You know what?
What the fuck.
Maybe I'm not meant for the air
force of the future, you know?
Maybe this was
all meant to happen.
Are fucking enjoying this.
- Are you fucking insane?
- You washed out of flight school
and now you get to be the fucking
hero you always dreamed of being.
This is not about...
Saving people's lives.
This about you keeping
your girl macho thing going.
That's bullshit.
You think I'm happy
to get kicked out of the
only life I ever wanted?
Okay, sue.
Let's be fucking
heroes together.
- All right, let's do it.
- Hit me with your best shot.
- I'm gonna hit you in your cheek, okay?
- I don't know.
You're the big boxer.
Tell me where you can hit me,
I won't feel like shit
and I'll look like shit.
Cheek's good.
I'll hit you high enough,
I'll give you a nice bruise
but it won't hurt your jaw.
How thoughtful.
Thank you.
Whoa. Uh...
Hey, you know, I still do really wanna
go to that half moon bar sometime
if you want.
Maybe not tonight, but...
Cool. All right,
what do we need for this?
Do you need
like a practice shot?
Sure, yeah.
I mean, I don't really need the practice,
- but we can...
- Oh God, this is gonna suck.
Okay, we're establishing range.
- Okay.
- Ah!
Stay still!
God damn it.
We both know what happens
if I don't blast this h.V.T.
I'm gonna go to prison,
you're not.
Daddy'll jump in,
there'll be a giant fucking cover-up.
- That isn't true.
- That is fucking...
Stop moving or I'm gonna break
your fucking bones!
You got that?
- Ow!
- You got that?
Do you got that?!
- Excellent.
- Ah!
One step closer
and I'll rip 'em out.
I will just put them
right back in.
And reprogram it in 14 minutes?
Yeah, fucking right.
Stay right there.
- What?
- All right.
- You brought a gun?
- Yeah, I brought a gun.
I'm a fighter pilot on a fucking mission.
I bring my gun.
- Where's your gun?
- Go ahead, shoot me.
I will. If I have
to shoot you, I will.
Bullshit. You don't have the balls
to shoot a general's daughter.
What the hell are you people doing?
I'm attempting to fulfill
my mission, sir.
Put the gun down, airman!
- Now both of you go outside.
- What?
- Why?
- Just fucking do it! It's an order!
Ladies first.
- What's going on?
- If you attempt to abort your mission,
the mps have been instructed to
forcibly replace you with another team.
- Sir.
- Hold for general Lawson!
Hello, Susan.
I hear you've been causing
a little trouble out there.
Sit down.
- Dad.
- You're about to ruin your whole life.
I've been watching
this guy's birthday party.
Take a look at this photograph.
Do you recognize anyone?
- Kahlil.
- An all-student beer bar in hamburg, Germany,
June 2001.
The guy on his left,
one of the 10 men
who flew the planes
into the world trade center.
Mahmoud kahlil recruited him
for the 9/11 conspiracy.
- Kahlil?
- Right.
He's one of the men
who killed your mother...
And your brother.
Why didn't colonel Wallace
tell me that?
That dossier on kahlil
is classified,
above top secret.
I'm in direct violation of the federal
secrecy act by telling you this.
Susan, there are
all kinds of levels to this.
Like what, dad?
According to intel that we received
from the raid on bin laden,
kahlil was the primary
organizer of a chemical attack
that we prevented
last year that would've had
far more devastating
consequences than 9/11.
Our recent intel indicates that
he's planning another attack
on a subway system
in a major American city.
Think how catastrophic
that might be.
You have to
complete this mission.
Jesus fucking...
You should see the poster
that his kids made.
This whole drone thing...
it's freaking insane.
- You would've hated it.
- Susan, if we'd had drones back then,
I wouldn't have had to
drop bombs on God knows
how many thousands
of noncombatants.
- Dad.
- We are protecting people the whole world over
from the living hell
that our family went through.
I can't begin to understand
what it's like to see the faces
of people you're about to kill.
I've never had
to deal with that.
But think of all the people
you're not seeing,
the people we won't have to
kill because this technology
is gonna win us the war.
But this is gonna be the
toughest thing you'll ever do,
but you can do it,
and you will do it
for your mother's sake
and for your brother.
Sue, I'm gonna tell you
something I never told anyone.
Before 9/11, I was on an anti-terrorism
task force with the nsc.
We had a couple
of bad guys in our sights,
but we weren't sure,
so we didn't move fast enough.
Though maybe if we had,
David and your mom
would still be alive today.
Don't make
the same mistake I did.
I love you, Susan.
He looked you right in the eye.
So did my dad...
The night he left.
We're playing flyboy,
he looks me right
in the eye and he says,
"I love you, Jack."
Your point?
He was lying to me...
Just like your father
was lying to you.
It's time.
If we don't, they will.
If they don't the next
reaper's gonna, anyway,
two hours form now,
so it might as well be me.
Where's mahmoud?
Where's the jeep?
Jack, where'd the jeep go?
- I don't know.
- Oh my God.
Sue, you fucking idiot.
Bring up m.T.S.
Could still be on the road.
To the left of the tree.
So now you're eager
to kill them all?
You're not?
He's a 9/11 conspirator.
Is he?
Look at those innocent kids.
Jack, fuck,
we've got to get this done.
He could be gone before
the next reaper gets here.
- Come on, let's do it.
- Your old man laid it on thick, didn't he?
The whole chemical attacks,
9/11, your family.
- Jack, what are you...
- A nuclear bomb threat should've...
- will you please get your shit together?
- My shit is together.
- Then arm up, okay?
- I've been in this trailer
- the entire day.
- Jack.
Every time I get a cup of coffee
or go out and take a piss,
I get to look at this poster.
These are the 10 men who crashed
into the world
trade center, okay?
Not one of them looks like
the guy your dad showed you.
- He was feeding you crap.
- They have big red xs over their faces, okay, Jack?
Jesus Christ.
Same fucking poster
without the red x.
And here's the guy
your dad showed you.
They look nothing alike.
All right? He's got a little
butt chin like John Travolta.
None of these guys have that.
They have beards.
Can't see the chin.
They look nothing alike. Your dad was...
he was lying to you about 9/11!
- Just fucking admit it!
- He wouldn't use that.
- God damn it! Everybody uses 9/11.
- No, he wouldn't use
- my mother and my brother!
- If he thought you were ruining your life?
- Okay, so this guy flew into the Pentagon.
- Is that what he said?
- No, but he got it mixed up.
- Your dad's a general, sue.
Maybe you were right.
Kahlil is just this
regular wine-drinking,
birthday-party-loving non-terrorist,
- somebody the Pakistani generals want dead.
- That's not true.
Jack, we have five minutes
until we crash the aircraft,
so why are you
doing this right now?
Because I think you were right.
Mind this checklist.
- My other mission was bullshit.
- Don't go there.
Your dad just looked you in the eye
and lied to you so you'll kill a baby.
What the fuck is going on?
What if they're lying to me?
I mean, I killed a mom
and her little girl.
That's what I did.
I asked colonel Wallace
if he knew they would be there.
He said no, but there they were,
so what am I supposed to do?
Am I just supposed to wake up
from a whole new set
of nightmares? I can't...
- I don't want to turn out like desean.
- Jack, I'm sorry, okay?
I'm... I'm sorry,
for doing this to you, okay?
I... we should've just followed our
orders like you said, but you...
You have to trust that
my dad and these generals...
they're not idiots, okay?
They're not psychopaths.
I mean, they've devoted their lives
to protecting the American people.
Right, but what if they're
so devoted to protecting us
that they start feeding us shit?
They're trying to get their
intel straight right now,
and we are, in the meantime,
killing two more kids!
- That guy's checking his engine. Somebody is leaving.
- What's wrong?
I don't care about that!
I care about this!
Okay, fine. Fine fine.
What if we don't launch
the hellfire?
What if we don't do it?
What if we...
we could lock the door.
We could fire some shots at the ceiling.
We could keep
the m.P.S out, right?
- Yeah, what if?
- Well, then kahlil might leave,
and he might come to the U.S. and
set off a sarin bomb in the subway.
Like you said, a bunch
of mothers and brothers, okay?
Or maybe he doesn't leave.
Maybe he stays here,
and then that jeep comes back
with five more people,
and then a van shows up with 10 more,
and so we don't drop iron.
And all that's gonna happen is a lot
more people are gonna end up dying.
I mean, that was
a big fucking goat, right?
For all I know, it feeds 50!
So let's just...
Let's do what we're
supposed to do, okay?
Let's do our duty.
I mean, maybe there's
no heroism in that, but...
There's no shame either.
Reacquiring the target.
Establish auto-track.
Auto-track established.
Lieutenant Lawson,
airman bowles.
- I'm sending in the m.P.S.
- I'm coding the weapon right now.
- Then let's roll. Out.
- Out.
- Weapon coded.
- Weapon status?
Weapon armed.
Select laser.
Jack, you forgot
to power up the weapon.
- This is bullshit.
- Enough, okay? Will you just power up the weapon, please?
No, I'm not killing these kids!
Fine, you know what?
Then step away and I will do it.
- No, I'm sending the plane back.
- My God.
Jack, step away from the console.
Or what?
I am not playing.
Go ahead and shoot.
- Jack.
- It's all right.
Weapon powered.
Recoding the weapon.
You fucking...
Select the laser.
Laser selected.
Laser armed.
Firing laser.
Weapon ready.
Prepare to launch.
Three, two, one.
And launch.