One grandma Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), with a severe handicap in decision making, is the US military general heading a drone operation for the benefit of some other country (UK).
She can't take even simplest of decisions. She whines, makes faces and puts up expressions as if she has pain in her gut.
She has some high-tech command centre with huge screens showing drone live images that rival Discovery Ultra HD programs; Also, some spies who have a high-tech van and bird and fly gadgets that can capture stunning 4K live images and a Kenyan general who relays orders from grandma to his own spies.
And she has a chain of subordinates for relaying orders to drone pilots, but in the end, she decides to call the pilot herself.
She is in contact with a bunch of Advisers, also with severe decision-making skill impairment, from UK who co-operate with her in some terrorist killing operation of UK. I don't know why another country is even involved in this soup of crap.
These Advisers frequently fight among themselves, contradicting themselves like teenage girls. If they fail to come to any conclusion they contact their Foreign secretary Ser Jorah Mormont
This FS, (Ser Jorah Mormont) has health issues, attends weapons fairs, and speaks to those bunch of Advisers over his cute china phone.
How is she in contact with Advisers? - using a laptop with secure connection with a horrible messenger that has 1960s UI to make us believe that it is a secure channel && 'also on her personal mobile phone'. Fuck logic.
Now the crux of the story:
There are some terrorists in Nairobi, guarded by 100-200 armed body guards with AK47s and gun trucks.
US army grandma uses robotic fly that can be controlled by a PSP, high tech facial recognition that can scan faces from any angle to determine who the person is, reaper drones, spies with high-tech van, bird etc., and gets to know that these are indeed terrorists and that they are having tea in their home and that these terrorist bosses fancy wearing explosives..Wow! Cool tech huh!
Once confirmed, grandma calls up the Advisers and also pings them using her messenger and asks for their permission to kill the terrorists..
She asks them - What should we do? we found your terrorists..should we strike? No? Should we wait till the terrorist's ass warms up? We need decision right now because they started wearing explosives !! OMG!!
These Advisers debate- Whether they want these terrorists captured alive or killed.. one hour debate!
In the end, they ask grandma - Can these terrorists be caught alive by your high-tech drones? She pings back - No and calls them up and says 'No'
Again they debate for an hour..to say 'Strike' or 'Don't Strike'.
Their answer - Wait, we can't decide. We just watch porn on our laptops. Decision is to be taken by our PM or a foreign secretary who has food poisoning (fuck protocol) and who is out to attend some weapons carnival instead of sitting with us!
Apart from all this high drama,
There is one cute little Kenyan girl with a loving father who fears his neighbor radicals but decides not to shift their home and a mother who makes bread and asks this little girl to sell the bread instead of sending her to a school.
This little girl takes the bread basket, puts up a stall adjacent to these terrorists' home that is surrounded by hundreds of vicious terrorists guarding it, instead of a market place.
Drone hovers over the terrorist home and stays in one position in mid air all along the film giving pilots Ultra HD 4k images.
Drone pilot spots this little girl on his screen! He forgets every other thing that is in or near the house - girl, boy, dog or pig. He calls up grandma and says he can't do it unless they move the girl!
He invokes some right of his and some more crap follows. In the end, he says he won't strike.
Grandma says okay and again contacts those bunch of Advisers. They discuss - They would have negative publicity if that girl gets killed and their reviews and ratings would go down and they may get 1 star!
So they again contact grandma and tell her to do something. She asks her spy who plays with the PSP fly to get that little girl out of that area and forget the rest.
He risks his ass to get the girl out, by buying her wares. Some action follows and in the end, he is unsuccessful with terrorists on his tail.
Now again grandma calls up --> Advisers who call up --> Foreign secretary who says --> Ask UK PM or POTUS --> grandma thinks of taking decision - we will take the risk and mourn the girl as causality!
The girl goes away the place and comes back on and off creating a sort of enigma.
The previously disobedient pilot strikes; the building is in smithereens; and the girl is badly wounded and is taken to hospital where she dies. Pilot gets depressed and weeps, grandma looks constipated and crap ends!
Bottom line - US military cares a lot about everyone even in drone strikes.