Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

Gavin Hood (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
With his seventh movie, 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 Aaron Paul (from TV's Breaking Bad) is the US pilot operating the armed drone. 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 exasperated general. It's only a shame that it feels the need to hammer home its compassion during a sentimental dénouement, as it's already made the point effectively by then.


Colonel Katherine Powell's mission to wipe out a terrorist cell 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
Steve Watts Aaron Paul
Lieutenant General Frank Benson Alan Rickman
Jama Farah Barkhad Abdi
Brian Woodale Jeremy Northam
Foreign Secretary James Willett Iain Glen
Carrie Gershon Phoebe Fox
Musa Mo'Allim Armaan Haggio
Director Gavin Hood
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Other Information

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