Rent Eye in the Sky (2015)

3.6 of 5 from 887 ratings
1h 38min
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Synopsis:
London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya. When the mission suddenly escalates from a "capture" to a "kill" operation and innocent lives are put at risk, the impossible decision of whether to strike gets passed up the chain of command. With the clock ticking, the brutal realities of modern warfare play out among the military, politicians and lawyers thousands of miles away from the front line.
Actors:
, , , Faisa Hassan, Aisha Takow, , Bob Chappell, Alex Gallafent, , , Kate Liquorish, , Gabriella Pinto, Tylan Wray, Hossain Dahir, Mondé Sibisi, , Ahmed Mohamed Ali, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, Genevieve Hofmeyr, David Lancaster
Writers:
Guy Hibbert
Studio:
E1 Entertainment
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/08/2016
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Morals
  • Perspectives
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Photo Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/08/2016
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Morals
  • Perspectives
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Photo Gallery

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Reviews (11) of Eye in the Sky

great - Eye in the Sky review by JJ

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20/10/2016

A fives star movie! I loved it a great story, gripping, upsetting, dangerous, nervewracking...... Up to date story Amazing actors & a really gritty plot, you cant wait to see what happens next.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

compact, tense drama, great script and acting - Eye in the Sky review by PS

Spoiler Alert
04/10/2016

This film presents a new moral dilemma as warfare becomes more "remote" with drone strikes. What I loved about it was that it chooses one small fictional situation and explores all the implications of this one situation. The economy of the plot reminded me of Greek tragedy, so I looked up "unity of action" which is one of the principles on which Greek tragedy used.

"The Unity of Action limits the supposed action to a single set of incidents which are related as cause and effect, "having a beginning, middle, and an end." No scene is to be included that does not advance the plot directly. No subplots, no characters who do not advance the action." Apologies if you already knew this. I feel this applies perfectly to this film. The tension builds up inexorably, as there is a time pressure on the crucial decision to be made. The dancing girl is a wonderfully played character who, together with the man at the end of the chain of command, who has to pull the trigger, give a real emotional weight to what otherwise would be abstract. Great cast, with Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul and all the acting is superb.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Let down by its over-egged moral debate - Eye in the Sky review by MD

Spoiler Alert
20/09/2016

Drones are all the rage at the moment, and this film puts them centre stage in the war on fundamentalist terror groups.

The central idea is solid, focusing on a mission in which drone surveillance is first used to help track and capture two major suspects, and which then becomes upgraded to using the drone's weapons to kill the suspects. It is a taut and suspenseful drama, particularly in the first half as we switch back and forth between the many commanders, soldiers, agents, politicians and drone operators involved in the mission.

Where the film falls down in my opinion is (a) by giving far too much weight and screen time to the story of a single innocent girl's fate, and (b) by going on and on in laborious detail about the pros and cons of killing a few innocent bystanders to save hundreds more from suicide bombers. I actually got annoyed in the second half because the plotting was so blatantly manipulated to get the girl into the story, and because, while the arguments put forward by all the different protagonists were compelling, they did not belong in a movie. In trying to be fair-minded and show the many faceted problems of targeting terrorists from 20,000 feet up, the film lost its pace and tension, and became overdone to the point of tedium.

So, full marks for tackling a very current subject, and for at least not dumbing it down in the way movies usually do, but only three stars because ultimately the movie fails to maintain its early promise, and becomes a little too flawed and overly melodramatic to be fully satisfying.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Eye in the Sky review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

With questioning morals and an overall moot war message aimed at no one in particular, Eye in the Sky still manages to thrill audiences enough so they sit through a whole cinema viewing session. Its dragging decision-making part certainly doesn’t help the ordeal, but at least acknowledges that there IS an ordeal in the first place.

As we wake up every day, we witness enormous advancements in technology, how it’s used and how it shouldn’t, but the goal of war still stays the same. Now, we won’t argue about the ultimate goal for victory on the battlefield (cough: resources) – instead we’re going to ask ourselves the penultimate question: what is war and how it plays out in the life of everyone involved?

Eye in the Sky asks these questions, but it’s really hard for anyone who hasn’t seen the horrors of war with his own eyes to come up with a reasonable answer. Then again, is there a difference between ancient conflict and modern warfare?

The main difference is in the advancements of technology. Biological, tactical and even nuclear warfare impose themselves as THE elephants in the room, with world leaders avoiding in-depth discussion with the public for reasons very clear to all of us: these are tacky subjects able to inflame even the kindest of leaders by as little as a simple misunderstanding, or even errors in translation.

Eye in the Sky is everything about this, and more. It raises the question of the so-called ‘collateral damage’ conundrum, the corrupt bureaucracy of the world organizations and the inept decision-making of intelligence agents when put under pressure.

It does this by introducing three countries working side-by-side: Britain, Kenya and America whose representatives include Colonel Katherine Powell (played by Helen Mirren), Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) and Lieutenant General Frank Benson acted by the late Alan Rickman among others. All actors come as believable enough to re-ignite the audience’s interest after a prolonged decision-making part in the middle, and they succeed in doing so. Out of the bunch, perhaps Helen Mirren is the least believable in her portrayal of a high state official.

The thriller aspect of the movie comes not out of amazing action scenes and prolific explosions – rather it’s the conflict of attitudes that brings the drama to whole new heights. Time is also of the essence, and if a decision is not being made, there can be even bigger consequences than sacrificing one life to save many.

To conclude, and Eye in the Sky is a worthy film of one’s attention, regardless if one agrees with the moral sermons postulated forth all throughout the movie’s running time.

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