Starring: Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly, Pilou Asbæk
OUR RATING: ★★½
Netflix’s sci-fi action directed by Mikael Håfström. Set in the near future, the story centers on disgraced drone pilot, Harp (Damson Idris), who is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for an android officer, Leo (Anthony Mackie), tasked to locate a doomsday device to stop a global catastrophe.
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Our Favorite Quotes:'War is ugly. Sometimes you got to get dirty to see any real change.' - Leo (Outside the Wire) Click To Tweet 'People are stupid, habitual, and lazy. Their emotions lead to mistakes.' - Harp (Outside the Wire) Click To Tweet
Brydon: Two US Marines. Dead. And one US Army Gump destroyed.
Harp: I made the call that felt most correct given all the intel that was available.
Brydon: At the time. We know.
Harp: With all due respect, Captain, with forty men on the ground, I saved thirty-eight, including Master Sergeant Miller, and his convoy.
Brydon: If Master Sergeant Miller had been given the chance, he would’ve tried to save all forty. But you took that option away from him.
Hutton: Have you ever experienced a mass-casualty encounter, other than from behind your screen? Have you spent time in a conflict zone, Lieutenant Harp?
Harp: No, ma’am. But I spent…
Hutton: Thank you, Lieutenant.
Brydon: They wanted to court-martial you. I fought for you.
Harp: What am I going to tell Olivia?
Brydon: Tell her you’re going on an all expenses paid refresher in how to make the world a safer place.
Brydon: I like you, Harp. You’re precise, and efficient. Brilliant drone pilot. But you disobeyed a direct order. Consider yourself lucky today. Your CO at Camp Nathaniel is a Captain Leo. Report to him.
Harp: Camp Nathaniel? That’s where the platoon’s based.
Brydon: Just keep your head down, and see it as an opportunity to meet your fellow servicemen. Let’s pray you’re a fast learner.
Harp: Lieutenant Harp, sir. I’ve been posted here from Creech Air Force Base. Looking for Captain Leo.
Eckhart: You must’ve really f***ed up if they sent you to Leo.
Eckhart: [to Harp] You killed two marines. You should be in jail. But someone deemed the dollar value of your training to be higher than the lives of those two men. If you survive, Air Force keeps a pilot. You don’t, you’re a cautionary tale to all the other fly by wire a**holes.
Eckhart: [referring to Leo] Harp, he’s not like us.
Leo: Lieutenant Thomas Harp. Tier three UAV pilot. Fifty-six thousand flight hours. Ninety-nine percent performance record, and ninety-nine percent discipline. Engaged to Olivia Rose Meyer of Carlsbad. To be married in Palm Springs. It’s a very nice part of the world. Did I leave anything out, other than your kills and commendations, or the fact that you can’t appreciate culture, or you just don’t know when to shut the f*** up?
Leo: “No, Captain.”
Harp: No, Captain.
Leo: [to Harp] Goddamn, you’re a cold m*therf***er.
Harp: I’m aware we kill people, Captain.
Leo: If you were aware of that, you wouldn’t be here.
Harp: You a quartermaster?
Leo: If I were, would you be disappointed?
Harp: Why would I be disappointed?
Leo: Because that means you just flew ten thousand miles to sign equipment out of a warehouse.
Harp: We all play our part.
Leo: Who the f*** do you think you are? Some Academy kid? Did daddy pay your way through cadet school so you could mind your Ps and Qs?
Harp: With all due respect, I put myself through cadet school. Sir.
Harp: So you’re “hearts and minds,” sir?
Leo: Yes. I’m hearts and minds. Ostensibly.
Harp: So what do you really do?
Leo: I chase ghosts.
Harp: I’m sorry, what?
Leo: MARSOC. Marine Special Operations. I locate and remove advanced weapons from insurgents beyond the wire.
Harp: And what do you do? Put them in filing cabinets?
Harp: We’re peacekeepers. We’re the only thing stopping these guys from committing genocide against each other.
Leo: [referring to Koval] And if all this is true, imagine what he’ll do if he gets his hands on those silos.
Harp: Yeah. A madman with nukes.
Leo: A crazy terrorist with nukes. Downtown Washington, New York, Paris. Who knows? What I do know is, there won’t be a pretty little wedding in Palm Springs, unless you’re wearing factor five hundred UV protection.
Leo: We ride out at dawn.
Harp: Dawn? But that’s now! Woh, Captain. Sir? With all due respect, sir, I think there’s been a mistake. I just got here.
Leo: I don’t make mistakes, Lieutenant.
Harp: I don’t have any specialist training as a field agent.
Leo: Don’t worry. I’m special enough for both of us.
[we see he’s an android]
Harp: You’re a…
Leo: Your commanding officer. Fourth-generation biotech, and I’m going to give you sixty seconds to deal with it.
Leo: Do you feel as though you can trust me, Harp?
Harp: I, uh…
Leo: We’re about to enter a war zone. If I continue to instill shock and distrust, I’ll file your removal papers myself, and you’ll have to deal with the consequences. Now, do you trust me?
Harp: Yes, sir.
Harp: So what are you? Like AI?
Leo: Your cell phone’s AI. A Gump’s AI. I’m a prototype. And my existence is classified.
Harp: You’re evading the question, sir.
Leo: You ask the right question, I’ll give you the right answer.
Harp: What the hell are you?
Leo: You want my model number or tech specs? Both are classified.
Leo: Only two people here have clearance to know who and what I am. That’s Colonel Eckhart and you.
Harp: Why was I assigned to you? I’m not qualified to go chasing nukes.
Leo: You weren’t assigned. I chose you. I can’t do this alone. I need eyes on my back. I needed someone who could think outside the box. You got me?
Harp: So we’re partners?
Leo: F***, no. You’re my subordinate. You respect me like the rest of your commanding officers. You don’t question my authority, and we’ll get on fine.
Leo: Must be nice. Fight a war, never have to leave home. When was the last time you saw her?
Harp: Saw who?
Leo: What do you mean “who”? Olivia Rose Meyer.
Harp: Last week.
Leo: Last week. Damn.
Leo: Look, I get a sense of arrogance from you. Guys like you, so dispassionate, so cold, so into himself. Those are the guys that usually wander.
Harp: Yeah, well, I’m faithful.
Leo: I need your head out here, not thinking about if Olivia’s at home playing “put the beef in my taco” with her Pilates instructor.
Harp: Her Pilates instructor is a woman.
Leo: Oh, even better! She goes both ways. I knew I liked her.
Harp: We’re getting married in September. What do you know about relationships, anyway? Aren’t you like three years-old?
Leo: [referring to Olivia] You got a picture of her? Come on, man. Pull it out.
[Harp gives him a photo]
Leo: Holy s**t. She’s a hottie! Congratulations.
Harp: Thank you. She’s special.
[Harp tries to take the photo back]
[Leo turns the photo over and reads the message]
Leo: “My Gummy Bear.” She calls you Gummy Bear? Aw, my Gummy Bear.
Harp: It’s our job to identify, neutralize.
Leo: It’s our job to stay alive long enough to get our intel, and focus on the bigger picture.
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