Drones 2011 NR

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Brian Dilks is an Office Drone. He spends his days at OmniLink in comforting monotony. When Brian discovers an improbable office secret, everything in his world changes. Shocked out of his mind-numbing routine by this new discovery, Brian throws himself into a star-crossed romance with Amy - yet close encounters of the office kind, like sales or intergalactic war, is an uncertain business.

Starring:
Jonathan M. Woodward, Samm Levine
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

Drones

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Amber Benson, Adam Busch
Starring Jonathan M. Woodward, Samm Levine
Supporting actors James Urbaniak, Dave Allen, Tangi Miller, Marc Evan Jackson, Angela Bettis, Paul F. Tompkins, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Elizabeth Faith, Kevin Ford, Simon Dasher, Alexis Jones, Joel Michaely, Jordan Kessler, Amy Gillespie, Frank Kessler, Rob Busch, Jon Allgood, Courtney Cazes
Studio Phase 4 Films (USA)
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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OK, I'm an unabashed Angela Bettis fan.
D. Barber
Their attention to character detail is unparalleled...right down to Pete's(Urbaniak) love of power point presentations.
Trista Holmes
It's nice to see someone get stuff done by being a good guy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trista Holmes on July 8, 2011
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Meet Brian Dilks(Jonathan Woodward), Omnilink's "noble bumblebee"...or he was until he met Amy. After spending nearly a week being Omnilink's new power couple...dubbed "Bramy"...Brian finds out that Amy(Angela Bettis) may not be all she seems. There's just something about his new girlfriend being from another planet that Brian just isn't very accepting of. Well..that and that his new love interest's home planet has decided to use the Earth as fuel. After having a few mini-freakouts discovering that some of the people that he comes to care about aren't exactly what they seem, Brian decides that saving Earth may be more important than who may or may not be an alien.
This film, easily one of the best independent movies I've seen, is pretty much Office Space meets Close Encounters as the tagline suggests. With a crackerjack cast featuring Samm Levine, Marc Evan Jackson, and James Urbaniak, there's really nowhere this film can go but up. The writers, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, do a wonderful job keeping the conversation snarky and evenly paced so it is impossible for the viewers to get bored. Their attention to character detail is unparalleled...right down to Pete's(Urbaniak) love of power point presentations. Co-directors Amber Benson and Adam Busch also do an exquisite job turning the camera into another character in the film so you actually feel as though you're directly in the center of the fishbowl of Omnilink. They're also very successful at getting a clear point across, and providing sheer entertainment, using very little special effects. With all the hodge podge that seems to be standard cinema now, it's very refreshing to watch an alien, combined with everyday life, centric film that doesn't have to utilize everything in the special effects department to make a highly entertaining film.
Watch it. Love it. And spread the DRONES! :o)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By clfan on February 4, 2012
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This is a wonderful, witty movie that deserves greater distribution than it is getting. Jonathan Woodward and Angela Bettis play off each other superbly. Samm Levine and Marc Evan Jackson are hilarious. James Urbaniak is the quintissential boss. Tangi Miller plays the hurt lover so well that you want to hurt Marc Evan Jackson. David Allen can save anyone's day. After seeing this movie, all I could say was, "I feel good."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Bradley on January 14, 2012
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Drones is undeniably a small movie. it has no pretentions other than to be entertaining and no claim to be anything deeper than a slight wry comedy that is both about office politics and the differences of the sexes as it is about impending invasion by aliens.

But given that it is a small indie flick what we have is a very smart, witty movie whose humour comes not so much from one liners and set pieces (although they are there) but from wry and astute observations about humanity and simply exaggerating slightly for comic effect. What this means is that the humour is more observational and wit driven than quotable lines (although I'm sure in time many lines will be quotable).

So given its slightness, why the 5 stars? Because it succeeds admirably in what it sets out to do with the aid of a good script, excellent performances from actors playing characters you actually come to like and care about, and solid direction. The result is a light enjoyable comedy that manages to bring the fate of the world down to a PowerPoint presentation and yet somehow in all that absurdity, make it plausible. No mean feat and a credit to all involved.

I have however one minor quibble. it is not with the film itself but with the rating its been given. The DVD has been given an R rating, why? There is no violence, no nudity, no sex scenes or innuendo or even anything suggestive. The language in the film is fairly mild bar 2 uses of the F-bomb and for this it gets an R? Here in the UK the film would be released easily with a 12A rating (the equivalent of your PG-13) and that rating is far more appropriate in describing the tone and content of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Child on March 2, 2013
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This really is an excellent film, and was a complete surprise when I stumbled upon it. Why it hasn't had more press I don't know. It's like Office Space and maybe a touch of Clerks with Sci Fi thrown in. The Sci Fi element gives it a completely original take on the everyday life of office workers.

The characters are instantly recogniseable archetypes that many will recognise from everyday work as a office drones, which makes the sci-fi element even funnier. It is both emotionally engaging and funny.

If, like me, you've stumbled upon this then take the plunge and pick up a copy. You won't be dissappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik Carson on January 17, 2013
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This movie is really good. Angela Bettis is a treat as always. Unfortunately the only way to get this movie is through Amazon's Manufactured on Demand service. I don't know if it's a side effect of this process, or if the DVD wasn't encoded right or if that's the way the transfer is, but this DVD is NOT anamorphic 16x9. It is letterboxed widescreen which means that if you're watching this on a widescreen TV, you'll not only get bars on the top and bottom but bars on both sides as well. I can produce an anamorphic 16x9 DVD right here in my home from my laptop. It's disappointing that a product manufactured by a large company can't be the same. The movie is definitely worth seeing and if you can find a way to see it, go for it, but I can't recommend this product as is until they fix this issue.
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