Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

Gavin Hood (2015)

102min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
With his seventh crack of the feature director's whip, South African film-maker Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Ender's Game) confronts the hot-button topic of drone strikes in a manner that's fittingly clear-eyed. Helen Mirren's steely colonel is the remote commander of a joint UK/US mission aiming to capture key terror targets, while a drone operated by US personnel (including Aaron Paul) is the titular observer. However, as the situation evolves, a military strike becomes the increasingly inevitable option. By focusing on a single mission, the film explores in depth the issues at hand. British screenwriter Guy Hibbert considers the legal restrictions, political implications, tactical arguments and moral quandaries relating to remote warfare and fashions them into a narrative of nail-biting suspense. And there's humour from Alan Rickman, in his final on-screen role, as a general acting as an exasperated intermediary. Although Eye in the Sky presents an impressively balanced picture, there's no denying its "every life matters" message. If it hammers home its compassion during a sentimental dénouement, it's a shame as, by then, the point has been very effectively made.

Summary

Colonel Katherine Powell's mission to capture terrorists in Kenya is complicated when a girl enters the blast radius of the intended drone strike. Powell has to decide between sacrificing the girl's life or letting the terrorists flee to carry out more atrocities. Thriller, starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul.

Cast & Crew

Colonel Katherine Powell Helen Mirren
Lieutenant General Frank Benson Alan Rickman
Steve Watts Aaron Paul
Jama Farah Barkhad Abdi
Aisha Takow Alia Mo'Allim
Brian Woodale Jeremy Northam
Angela Northman Monica Dolan
James Willett Iain Glen
Director Gavin Hood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Apr 2016
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