DRONES is a military thriller that explores the unique set of moral dilemmas that confront our military and our nation as the United States expands its use of robotic weapons to prosecute its wars. It follows two Air Force pilots operating a remote piloted aircraft from a trailer in Nevada. Their mission is to watch a remote compound in the Afghan mountains in hopes of identifying and assassinating someone believed to be a high-ranking member of Al Qaeda. As the two pilots monitor a quickly evolving situation on the ground, a straightforward mission grows more and more complicated. Soon the pilots are forced to question not only their mission but also the very nature of U.S. military policy. With time ticking down on their fuel levels and a potential terrorist in their gun sights, the pilots must choose between their own personal integrity and the honor and safety of the United States.
Matt plays Jack Bowles. Character description from the official site: “A cocky, young private in the Air Force, Jack has worked as a drone pilot for two years and has racked up his share of kills. He remains haunted by one such episode in which civilians suffered collateral damage. More experienced than newbie Sue Lawson, he knows more about the job even though she technically outranks him. Jack has compartmentalized his own feelings of guilt, and soon comes to suspect that he has been lied to all along.” The positive reviews of Matt’s performance are countless!
“At times it's an engaging debate, rooted in character and in two exceptional leading performances, especially from O’Leary who has gone from being a child star to become an interesting and daring young actor.” (24framez.blogspot.com).
“I thought O’Leary was extremely effective at playing the young and brash Airman, and delivered his lines like the role was written with him in mind.” (influxmagazine.com).
“Matt delivers a great piece of acting, one of the best I’ve seen in a while.” (ramascreen.com).
“Both leads give excellent performances, with O’Leary showing potential to follow Ryan Gosling’s path from baby-faced child star to laconic, sardonic, left-field sex symbol.” (hollywoodreporter.com).