Review

Summary:

Filled with smoke and fire, the sky is littered with ships hovering above for miles in every direction. These ships reap the Earth of all its resources, while drones patrol the now ruined cities.

Review:

Earth is under attack by an alien race that sends out relentless attack drones that hover around the sky, eliminating all signs of life until the cities of the world resemble burning haystacks. New York has already been declared a crater, while Los Angeles is still hanging on by a thread. Two types of survivors remain: The resistance (soldiers, ragtag gung-ho heroes, etc.) against the alien visitors, and cannibalistic marauders, intent on ruling what little remains to be lorded over. One hero named Elias (Corin Nemec) has managed to stay alive and rouse the rabbles still surviving in hospitals and military redoubts, and when he comes across a prototype laser weapon, he sees it as humanity’s last chance to fight off the alien invaders, but first he has to fend off a band of cannibal human raiders that stand in the way of humanity’s progress against extinction. Elias joins a military force and commandeers a giant land rover truck to expend the force of their new weapon, and with only a week before humanity is wiped out for good, he has to have one final confrontation with the evil warlord before it can all come together …

With a title like Drone Wars and video box art that looks ripped from any number of low budget riffs of things like War of the Worlds, it would be extremely easy to pass this by and forget it exists. So it was to my surprise that I found Drone Wars to be a modestly entertaining and watchable post-apocalyptic effort. I’ve seen so many sub-level apocalyptic garbage now thanks to The Asylum and many other exploitation mongers, so when I see something passably competent like this, it’s my duty to report the discovery. But don’t get me wrong: Drone Wars is no masterpiece or a gem, per se; I watched it with my full attention, and from one scene to the next it looks pretty good, with actors who took the material seriously. There are leaps of logic and sense (it’s only 83 minutes, so it goes by very quickly), and you’ve seen this sort of thing done before, and much better, but for what it is, this one surprised me. If you enjoyed the TV series Falling Skies or the movie Skyline, this is for you. It was directed by Jack Perez.

 

Anchor Bay will be releasing Drone Wars on DVD on September 12th.



About the Author

david j. moore
david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.