Rent Eye in the Sky (2015)

3.6 of 5 from 931 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 Audio Description, English DTS 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
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 (12) 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.

A silly, sentimental, unbelievable and deeply stupid movie in thrall to 'political correctness'. - Eye in the Sky review by PV

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31/10/2016

To enjoy a drama one must engage in the "willing suspension of disbelief" as Samuel Taylor Coleridge correctly argued. This film shows how veering away from that truth leads to a story that is utterly unbelievable, with unbelievable characters behaving in unbelievable ways. The end result is not pleasure of fulfilment, but deep annoyance and irritation.

This is basically a vehicle for Helen Mirren who is totally unbelievable in a role as the chief of the army or some such nonsense. Well, if she's senior soldier material I'm an Olympic champion! Too silly for words BUT in these pc days the pressure is on for more female leads so this is the mess we get.

Then there are the soldiers - tough US soldiers with years of training and killing experience - and yet, because of one wickle girl selling bread, they turn into blubbering wrecks crying on the job and unable to do it either! Soldiers kill - they do and will, and will kill civilians too if that means it prevents greater catastrophe and killing, So the whole pretext of the plot if absurd.

No doubt the director though it best just to be on the side of the poor people in Africa so we get our noses rubbed in how awful their lives are.

A truly awful film on every dramatic level.

It has good special effects and watching the drones is fun (though not sure I believe the science). Maybe if I am forced to watch this film in my lifetime, I certainly hope I'll be stone deaf by then so I won't hear any of its nonsense.

What a sad finale to Alan Rickman's career. A clunky subplot about buying his daughter a toy doll scrapes the bottom of the barrel then goes right through the wood, as does all this film.

1.5 stars rounded down.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Tense, intelligent, predictable - Eye in the Sky review by Alphaville

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20/02/2017

This is a good 2015 film about the moral dilemmas of drone warfare. Unfortunately it was beaten to the punch by the equally good 2015 film Good Kill. Both films place a nice family in harm’s way as collateral damage when the Brits and Americans decide a bomb needs to be dropped on the terrorists next door. Whereas Good Kill focussed on the dilemmas of the drone pilots, Eye in the Sky focusses more on the ethical and political dilemmas faced by the ‘kill chain’ – the military, the politicians and the lawyers as well as the pilots.

Placing an innocent girl at the heart of the bomb zone is an obvious manipulative device but works well as a focal point for the debate. The film could easily have become just another political polemic with a plot you can see a mile off, but director Gavin Hood maintains the tension and turns in an engrossing thriller.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Yes Minister at war - Eye in the Sky review by DJ

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29/11/2016

Not wishing to go too deep into the " meaning etc. " of the film , it was good to see that things do not appear to be straight forward anymore when having to make controversial life threatening decisions - lose one to save loads. Maybe the banter was not totally accurate but when you see the newspaper in uproar when soldiers are hounded by solicitors and tribunals , you can see where the film is going. Will they say "GO " , will the girl survive , not Hitchcock but certainly enough to keep you to the wondering to the end. Not the action film I thought it was going to be but it was a very good alternative. Recommended.

Pv - please note , its a film not a documentary.

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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