Lionsgate has unveiled a trailer to accompany home video release Drone Wars, teasing a low-budget military thriller. The film comes from Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus director Jack Perez and stars Stargate SG-1‘s Corin Nemec.
Drone Wars‘ basic premise is a modern-hued take on the alien invasion genre, with the robots of the title a mysteriously arrived presence that decimate the Earth and lead to a militarized resistance taking up arms with new high tech guns (so, no, it doesn’t look like this will feature any drone-on-drone action). Nemec plays Elias, the good guy soldier who will have to rally the forces against the invading threat.
The film hits home video on September 12th, and you can check out the new trailer above, which elaborates on the idea of man versus drone. A new synopsis has also been released that provides a little more context:
“When drones arrive in a flash, slaughtering humanity and stripping the Earth of its resources, a small team of scientists hiding in Los Angeles works to expel the drone menace once and for all.”
The trailer begins in media res with Elias coming up against some clearly rogue soldiers, teasing in-fighting before moving into the unclear but evidently alien threat; we have humans tearing themselves apart in panic and the introduction of the various floating crafts laying waste to the planet, before a tease of the last ditch effort to rid the Earth of the forces. Starring alongside Nemec is Whitney Moore of similarly low-budgeted Birdemic fame, Nathin Butler (Winners & Losers and General Hospital) and Sean Gunnell (Collar, Eden of Three, Larkin).
It’s obviously a rather cheap film, especially when it comes to the CGI, which is likely why there’s a strong focus on the human toll. Indeed, as you can tell, the title is more riffing on the idea of drones; whether or not this is used to actually explore our relationship with modern technology or just set up some simple action is unclear.
The film hasn’t achieved the best attention, with a 3.2/10 on IMDb (although it’s worth noting that comes from a very small pool of just 186 ratings). Being a low-budget effort, of course, Drone Wars has a very specific target market, and based on the trailer has all the usual calling marks for a Sy-Fy-style B-movie thrill.
Drone Wars is available on DVD from September 12th, 2017.
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