Surveillance & drones films – DARPA

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I. Surveillance & drones films

Film Year Description
1971 2014 The documentary film features the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI and how it broke into a satellite FBI office. The group discovered and released documents about COINTELPRO, a secret domestic surveillance program that targeted “dissident groups, civil rights leaders and anti-Vietnam War activists”.[1]
1984 1956 The film is set in a totalitarian society in the future where the population may be monitored at any time.[2]
23 1998 Hackers sell their research to Russians, but because the Russians want military data instead, the hackers have to elude them.[2]
Aelita: Queen of Mars 1924 Surveillance is used by the upper class to oversee the working class.[3]
American Pie 1999 In the comedy film, a key scene has the teenage protagonist setting up his webcam so his friends can see him having sex with a girl. The webcast is shared publicly to his peers.[4]
The Anderson Tapes 1971 Burglars use a luxury apartment’s surveillance technology to break in but are unaware of being under surveillance themselves.[3]
Antitrust 2001 The protagonist learns that his company has an extensive surveillance system to observe and steal code.[5]
Blow Out 1981 A sound technician inadvertently records a murder and learns that it is part of ongoing political corruption.[6]
Blowup 1966 A fashion photographer unwittingly takes photographs of a murder and investigates the circumstances.[6]
Blue Thunder 1983 The film features a military helicopter with high-tech surveillance equipment.[3]
Body Double 1984 The protagonist, staying at a friend’s apartment, is able to spy on the neighbor but winds up witnessing her murder.[7]
The Bourne Identity 2002 Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne eludes people from his program trying to track him down.[7]
The Bourne Supremacy 2004 Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne eludes people from his program trying to track him down.[7]
The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne eludes people from his program trying to track him down.[8]
Brazil 1985 The science fiction fantasy film follows a government clerk who works for a totalitarian and bureaucratic government of Orwellianproportions.[9]
Caché 2005 A couple finds on their front porch videotapes of them in their home and tries to find out who is recording them.[9]
Cape Fear 1962 A released criminal follows the family of the man who testified against him.[9]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 The superhero Captain America, resurrected in the 21st century, combats a conspiracy in the surveillance state of his country.[10]
Citizenfour 2014 The documentary features Edward Snowden and his initiation of global surveillance disclosures in 2013.[11]
Closed Circuit 2013 A pair of lawyers in Great Britain discover “an unsavory alliance” between its secret service and the criminal justice system and have to evade the surveillance state.[12]
Code 46 2003 In the near future, personal travel between countries is limited and controlled by technological means, but counterfeiting allows circumvention of these controls.[13]
Cold Eyes 2013 A South Korean surveillance unit attempts to track down a criminal leader in Seoul.[14]
The Conversation 1974 A surveillance expert is hired to combine wiretapped recordings of a couple and tries to interpret their conversations.[6]
The Dark Knight 2008 The vigilante superhero Batman hacks every cell phone in Gotham City to set up a sonar system to find the criminal the Joker.[8]
Death Watch 1980 In the future, the protagonist has a camera implanted in his brain and is enlisted to probe a dying woman’s subconscious.[15]
Demolition Man 1993 The science fiction film depicts a 2032 “San Angeles” where everyone’s behavior is under surveillance.[16]
The Den 2013 In the found-footage horror film, a teenage girl witnesses a murder via webcam, and the killer tracks her down. The film is shown through different screens including that of surveillance cameras.[17]
Disturbia 2007 A teenager under house arrest spies on his neighbor and suspects him of being a killer.[9]
Eagle Eye 2008 Two strangers meet via a strange phone call and are then tracked by someone using everyday technology.[4]
Echelon Conspiracy 2009 An American engineer gets a cell phone that gives him unlimited wealth, but he is then pursued by security agents.[18]
EDtv 1999 Ed is a video store clerk whose daily life is broadcast by a company trying to save its cable channel.[18]
The End of Violence 1997 A film producer is targeted to keep secret a satellite surveillance program to combat crime.[19]
Enemy of the State 1998 The main character is pursued by the National Security Agency, which uses an array of surveillance technologies.[4]
Equilibrium 2002 In a futuristic city where emotions are suppressed through surveillance and control, a law enforcement officer begins experiencing emotions himself.[20]
Das Experiment 2001 A journalist joins a curious psychological experiment and records the experiment in secret.[20]
Eye in the Sky 2007 In Hong Kong, a police surveillance unit monitors a master criminal without realizing the criminal is watching them as well.[21]
Eyeborgs 2009 In the United States, the “Freedom of Observation Act” is passed allowing for the creation of ODIN (Optical Defense Intelligence Network). This leads to “eyeborgs” being created, a mobile camera drone administered by the Department for Homeland Security.[22]
The Final Cut 2004 An editor cuts together footage from a device implanted in one’s body that can record an entire life, and he finds footage that has a connection with his own past.[23]
Firewall 2006 A technology executive is coerced to rob a bank by criminals holding his family hostage.[23]
Fortress 1993 The science fiction film follows a couple with an illegal second child through a panopticonal society.[24]
Freeze Frame 2004 The protagonist is acquitted from the wrongful accusation of killing his wife and children, but due to the media’s portrayal, he maintains video surveillance of his own life to ensure having an alibi.[25]
Furious 7 2015 In the action film, a team of drivers tracks down a hacker to recover a surveillance device called God’s Eye that can locate anyone in the world within seconds.[26]
Gattaca 1997 In the near future, an aspiring astronaut uses a cover identity in training and has to evade genetic screenings used as a surveillance mechanism.[27]
Giant 2009 A security guard at a supermarket watches a cleaning woman through video surveillance and begins stalking her outside work.[28]
Hackers 1995 A group of hackers break into a company’s supercomputer and have to evade the U.S. Secret Service.[28]
Halloween: Resurrection 2002 A group of college students are trapped inside a home with a serial killer, and the killer broadcasts the subsequent events online through multiple cameras.[28]
Headhunters 2011 High-tech surveillance is used in a showdown between a headhunter who moonlights as an art thief and a potential recruit with a military background.[29]
Hi, Mom! 1970 A Vietnam War veteran attempts to make “peep art” by filming people who live across from his apartment building.[30]
I Love You All / Aus Liebe Zum Volk 2004 This is a film about surveillance and blindness, about faith and disillusion.[31]
Infernal Affairs 2002 A cop works undercover in a triad, and a triad member works undercover in the police department. Each is ordered to track down the mole in the very organization he infiltrated.[32]
The Listening 2006 An art gallery employee discovers a briefcase of classified documents about surveillance technology made by one of the NSA’s suppliers, and the supplier goes after her to protect its secrets. A NSA operative blows his cover to protect the woman.[33]
The Lives of Others 2006 In East Germany in the 1980s, a Stasi officer spies on a playwright.[9]
Lost Highway 1997 In part of the film, a couple receives videotapes recording the outside then the inside of their home.[19]
Look 2007 The film shows surveillance camera footage of events surrounding San Fernando Valley denizens.[34]
M 1931 A city in pursuit of a child murderer has both cops and criminals engaging in surveillance and snooping on one another.[8]
Menace II Society 1993 A shopkeeper keeps close surveillance on two young black men.[3]
Metropolis 1927 The master of the city, Fredersen, keeps close surveillance on the city’s workers.[3]
Minority Report 2002 The science fiction film depicts a futuristic society under total surveillance.[4]
Modern Times 1936 A factory worker is demented by the sped-up assembly line and the constant video surveillance.[3]
My Little Eye 2002 In the horror film, five twentysomethings live together to win a prize but are subsequently targeted by a serial killer.[35]
The Net 1995 A computer programmer in unknowing possession of secret software is tracked by assailants.[3]
The Net 2.0 2006 A computer technician who takes a job in Istanbul finds herself in pursuit by criminals who try to erase her identity from the Internet.[36]
Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 The film is set in a totalitarian state where citizens are under complete surveillance.[3]
One Hour Photo 2002 An employee at a photo processing department processes a family’s photos and imagines himself to be their uncle.[36]
The Osterman Weekend 1983 A television host allows the Central Intelligence Agency to wire his home for video surveillance since his visiting friends are suspected to be spies.[19]
Overheard 2009 The Hong Kong Police Force’s Commercial Crime Bureau uses surveillance to monitor for suspected price fixing.[37]
Panic Room 2002 A woman and her daughter use closed-circuit television to follow the movements of criminals invading their home.[38]
Paranoia 2013 A technology expert infiltrates a company to spy on it, but the company begins to spy on him.[39]
The Parallax View 1974 A journalist investigates the assassination of a United States Senator and infiltrates the responsible corporation.[40]
Peeping Tom 1960 A photographer hunts down women and records their reactions as he kills them.[19]
The Perfect Dictatorship 2014 Recordings made by hidden cameras and microphones are used to both expose and perpetuate political corruption in Mexico.[41]
Pi 1998 A mathematician finds out that a new 216 digit number is the key to the stock market and religion and is targeted by several organizations.[9]
The President’s Analyst 1967 In the satire film, an analyst for the President of the United States becomes expendable and teams up with two allies. Meanwhile, a telephone company seeks to implant electronic devices in people’s brains.[42]
Rear Window 1954 The wheelchair-bound main character spies on people in his apartment complex and thinks one of them is a murderer.[9]
Red Road 2006 In Scotland, a woman who is paid to watch a dangerous corner of North Glasgow tracks a former criminal and begins stalking him.[8]
Le Samouraï 1967 The film’s hit man resides in a flat that is bugged by the police who suspects him of being responsible for a contract killing.[8]
A Scanner Darkly 2006 An undercover cop is ordered to spy on his associates as a paranoid government monitors its citizens.[4]
The Secret Cinema 1968 A woman is manipulated by people around her so a director can film her to screen the results in a theater.[43]
The Simpsons Movie 2007 The Simpsons are on the run from the law, but the National Security Agency is able to eavesdrop on everyday conversation and locate them.[44]
Sliver 1993 The main character is spied on by one of her fellow apartment tenants.[3]
Snake Eyes 1998 A homicide detective investigates an assassination attempt at a boxing match.[19]
Sneakers 1992 A team of computer hackers is contracted by the government to steal a code-breaking machine.[6]
Spectre 2015 In the spy film featuring James Bond, the secret agent in pursuit of a villain learns that he is responsible for funding the multinational surveillance program to use for his criminal organization.[45]
Surveillance 2008 Two FBI agents hunting a serial killer come across a mass shooting in a small town, and they use video surveillance to uncover the truth of the shooting.[46]
Surveillance 24/7 2007 Filmed through surveillance cameras, a teacher takes home a lover and wakes up to find him murdered.[46]
Sweet Gang 1983 A group of four misfits live together in a house and, disillusioned with life, experiment in crime. They are put under surveillance by the authorities, who wait for a misstep.[47]
Thelma & Louise 1991 Surveillance cameras record Thelma and Louise as they commit crimes.[3]
The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1960 German police investigate unsolved murders at a hotel, which is rigged with a sophisticated TV system.[46]
Thegidi 2014 The Tamil film features a rookie detective sent to collect daily activities of a set of people, soon realizes that people are being killed using details of the surveillance report he submitted. He tries to save the next targets and eventually tries to trace the killer.[48]
THX 1138 1971 The film is set in a dystopian society where citizens are drugged and under surveillance.[3]
Timecode 2000 The experimental film displays a split screen of four cameras following different people in a film production office.[49]
The Truman Show 1998 The main character is unaware that his small-town life is constructed and is recorded 24 hours a day and aired to TV viewers.[8]
V for Vendetta 2006 The film is set in a future England ruled by a totalitarian regime that uses surveillance to monitor the citizens.[50]
Vacancy 2007 A couple staying at a motel begin watching low-budget horror movies available on tape and realize the movies were filmed in their own motel room.[51]
We Live in Public 2009 A film about the internet pioneer Josh Harris and his experiment: placed more than 100 artists in a human terrarium under New York City, with myriad webcams following and capturing every move the artists made.[52]
World Without a Mask 1934 An engineer invents technology that can see through walls. The technology is pursued by criminals from the underworld.[3]
La Zona 2007 A group of disadvantaged teenagers break into a gated community that is heavily under surveillance.[30]
Film Year Description
American Ultra 2015 The stoner comedy film features an exaggerated Central Intelligence Agency that carries out drone strikes on American shopping malls.[2]
Back to the Future Part II 1989 In the science fiction film, a future timeline depicts a news outlet drone videotaping time traveler Doc Brown.[3]
Body of Lies 2008 The spy film features extensive use of drone surveillance.[4]
The Bourne Legacy 2012 Aaron Cross, an agent of a Central Intelligence Agency program living in the woods, is targeted in a U.S. drone strike.[5][6]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 In the superhero film, a government program called Project Insight creates three Helicarriers that have the capability of killing autonomously.[7][8][6]
Captain Phillips 2013 In the thriller film based on a true story, a Boeing Insitu ScanEagle is used by the United States Navy to monitor the situation involving a hijacked ship.[9]
Chappie 2015 In the science fiction film, Vincent Moore deploys drones to track down and attack the protagonist.[10]
Dirty Wars 2013 The documentary investigates targeted killings carried out by the United States government, including those executed by drones.[11]
Drone 2014 The documentary explores the use of drones in warfare.[12][13]
Drones 2013 Two United States Air Force personnel wrestle with executing a drone strike on an apparent terrorist at the cost of civilian lives.[14]
Eagle Eye 2008 In the thriller film, a Predator drone is flown into a Washington, DC tunnel to kill the film’s protagonist.[15]
Elysium 2013 In the science fiction film, a sleeper agent deploys drones to track down and attack the protagonist.[16]
Eye in the Sky 2015 The film features drones operated by the U.S. and British governments that fire Hellfire missiles and insect-sized drones that infiltrate terrorist compounds.[8][13][17]
Force Majeure 2014 In the Swedish film, a family of four on a ski trip bring with them a toy drone. In a dramatic scene, the drone’s appearance invokes a comical feeling to break the heavy social pressure of the scene.[18]
Four Lions 2010 In the black comedy film, a terrorist at a suicide bomber training camp attempts to shoot down a drone with a rocket launcher but has it backwards and instead kills his fellow terrorists.[19]
From the Sky 2014 In the short film, an Arab father and son travel through a region frequently targeted in drone strikes.[20]
Full Contact 2015 A French drone pilot flies drones in the Middle East from Nevada in the United States. He carries out a drone strike on a building to kill a terrorist inside, but he discovers afterward that the building was a school for boys.[21][13]
Furious 7 2015 In the film’s climax, the protagonists drive through the streets of Los Angeles to evade a weaponized drone.[22]
The Giver 2014 In the dystopian film, drones monitor citizens and inform them of rule-breaking.[23]
Good Kill 2014 A United States Air Force pilot, participating in the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone program in the war in Afghanistan, struggles with the ethics of attacking targets from afar.[8][13][17]
Hummingbird 2013 A former Special Forces officer, struggling for redemption, is paranoid about having been watched by drones (“hummingbirds”) in his Afghanistan operations as well as his life on the streets in London.[24]
London Fields 2015 The drama film, with a nonlinear narrative, features a military drone as part of intercut scenes.[25]
Interstellar 2014 At the beginning of the science fiction film, the protagonist tracks down and commandeers a renegade drone formerly belonging to the Indian Air Force.[26]
Iron Man 2 2010 During the superhero film, the villain Justin Hammer builds weaponized humanoid drones based on Iron Man’s suit technology.[27]
The Interview 2014 In the comedy film, a drone delivers a replacement strip of poison to Kim Jong-un’s fortress for the protagonists to use to kill him.[28]
Mission: Impossible III 2006 In the spy film, a convoy traveling across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is targeted by a drone.[29]
National Bird 2016 In the documentary film, three whistleblowers warn about the consequences of military drone strikes.[30]
Oblivion 2013 In the science fiction film, drones monitor a ruined Earth in 2077.[31]
The Other Side 2012 The short film depicts a child who experiences drone attacks in Pakistan by the United States government and consequently joins a terrorist group.[32]
Poltergeist 2015 In the horror film, a toy drone plays a key role in the climax.[33]
RoboCop 2014 In the science fiction film, the beginning depicts drones used as part of a U.S. military operation to subjugate a Middle Eastern country.[6]
Rotor DR1 2015 In the science fiction film, a young man in a post-apocalyptic world attempts to track down his father, traveling under a sky populated with autonomous drones.[34]
Skyline 2010 In the science fiction film, Predator drones are deployed with stealth bombers to fight an aerial battle with enemy aliens.[35]
The Spymasters 2015 In the documentary film, Directors of the Central Intelligence Agency are interviewed about the agency’s approach to terrorism, including the use of drone strikes.[36]
Stealth 2005 In the action film, an unmanned air combat vehicle developed by the United States military is taken over by a built-in artificial intelligence, and three Navy pilots work together to stop the vehicle.[37]
Sleep Dealer 2008 In the science fiction film, the setting is a near-future dystopia where the water supply is privately controlled by corporations and warfare is waged with drones. The inclusion of drones was inspired by the 1997 science fiction novel Forever Peace.[38]
Syriana 2005 In the geopolitical thriller, a Predator drone is used by the Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate an emirate’s foreign minister.[17]
This Means War 2012 In the romantic comedy film, two Central Intelligence Agency men compete over a woman, and one agent shoots down a surveillance drone the other agent deployed to spy on him.[39]
Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 In the action film based on the robot toy line, miniature drones are featured as part of the group of villains.[40]
Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars 2013 The documentary film investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere.[41]
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 In the superhero film, the future timeline features airborne killer robots called Sentinels that hunt down and kill mutants.[6]

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