The Drone (2019) – Movie Review Podcast is Now Available!
Set in the present day, a serial killer is on the loose. The killer enjoys capturing and murdering woman, particularly redheads. Using a high tech drone, the killer stalks and monitors his next target. But as the killer soon discovers, the police are closing in on his position, soon knocking on his front door to arrest him. During the attempted arrest, an incident occurs where the violent killer has an accident, and his mind ends up getting transferred inside his drone.
Meanwhile, occurring not far away from the recent incident involving the murderer, are a young newlywed couple named John (Chris Howard) & Alex (Rachel Howard). The two move into a new home, and while settling in, John finds a used drone near his bins outside. Deciding this drone now belongs to him, he purchases a new remote control. But little does this couple know they have just invited a deranged serial killer into their new home.
The concept of this film is fantastic. Why? Because it’s no secret that drones are a big part of the world in the present day. The creators seem to understand, given the type of premise, that the movie is not to be taken seriously. The film consists of mixed genres, including comedy, horror, sci-fi and even elements of a thriller. For me, The Drone would be comparable to other B-grade titles such as Sharknado (2013) or Zombeavers (2014).
I’ll confess that the film’s plot and opening scene does feel familiar to the classic horror hit Child’s Play (1988) where a villain transfers himself into an object and begins to murder people. Thankfully, the film does show more creativity, particularly when it comes to the use of technology and the things The Drone does around this new home. For example, because The Drone is connected the home’s wi-fi, the killer is a lot more dangerous than one might suspect as it is able to access the home computer and the security system, plus more. It’s also evident the character of The Drone enjoys toying with people and will kill those who get in the way. But why did The Drone go to this particular home? Answers such as this are revealed in due time.
Performances, like the film, are also not to be taken seriously. Like the plot, it’s all very cheesy, but I was surprised by how much this film managed to get a chuckle from me. This was mostly due to the film’s random one-liners, or even unexpected moments in the movie. One of these moments is when we see The Drone sitting in a rocking chair, with The Drone rocking itself back and forth without anyone assisting it. A few jokes don’t quite land the laughs though. This is mostly because at times the lines of dialogue seem incredibly childish and silly, particularly when it comes to the leading characters of John and Alex. Other moments of dialogue which don’t work include the neighbour who is continuously inappropriate. Some of these lines are more relating to unnecessary sexual references. For me, The Drone itself and the creativity of it was an element I found most pleasing in this film.
In regards to issues in this film, I certainly have a few concerns. The film’s soundtrack was an extremely odd choice. It sounds like the music could have come from a cartoon or a kids program from the ’80s. The music never fits the film, but it certainly brings another level of random humour if that’s what the movie was attending to achieve.
Overall, this film delivered what I expected. A film that focuses on a killer drone can only mean a B-grade film with comedy and horror combined into one. This is a brainless film with lots of cheesy moments and lots of random dialogue. No matter how silly this film sounds, I’m surprised how much I found myself chuckling at this film and was surprised at how creative this film managed to be. In the tradition of other films such as Sharknado, or Killer Sofa, The Drone is undoubtedly a welcoming film. It offers a brainless entertainment unlike anything the world has seen yet, and I honestly will never look at any drone unit the same way ever again.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden