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Review: ‘Operation Drop’ drops the ball

Review: ‘Operation Drop’ drops the ball
  • On December 14, 2020

Two Stars out of Five

By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

Among a series of Christmas movies released by Netflix this holiday season is a film called “Operation Christmas Drop.”

The movie follows the lives of congressional aid Erica Miller (played by Kat Graham) and Air Force Captain Andrew Jantz (Alexander Ludwig).

Erica works for Congresswoman Bradford (Virginia Madsen) and is assigned to research the U.S. Air Force base in Guam and make a case to close it. The base operates a yearly “Christmas drop” to deliver much needed goods to citizens on the island.

Congresswoman Bradford does not see the value of using Air Force resources and American money to fund the project, so she sends Erica to Guam to investigate.

After she arrives, Erica meets Andrew, who uses his people skills and charisma to get her to see the importance of the project.

Upon viewing the trailer for “Operation Christmas Drop,” it appears as though the movie is about spreading Christmas cheer to those in need. It looked cute and I decided to watch it with my mom over the weekend. However, I quickly discovered that it is not as it seems in the trailer.

To start, I am not fond of the way Erica is portrayed. From the get-go she comes off as a cold-hearted, Capitol Hill employee who is strictly business and lacks any kind of compassion.

Plotlines where the sole goal of the female lead is to climb the ladder in her career field feel like beating a dead horse. To put it bluntly, it is not original.

I would love to see more movies that portray strong, hard-working women in a more positive light, as opposed to a lead whose only personality trait is being power hungry or money hungry.

The entire conflict of the movie is that Erica is visiting the Navy base to report on its misuse of taxpayer dollars to fund the drop. I was confused and annoyed, as I feel it should be and is a goal of the military to aid in the relief of ally nations in need.

It is worth mentioning that the movie is based on true events. Before the credits, there is a screen that reads “‘Operation Christmas Drop’ is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian airdrop mission. Every year since 1952, the U.S. Air Force has dropped life-changing supplies to the islanders of Micronesia.”

Despite my criticism, the overall message of “Operation Christmas Drop” has good intentions and there are a few sweet moments throughout the course.

Operation Christmas Drop” is currently available for streaming on Netflix.