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Plot: Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. Runtime: 102 mins Release Date: 01 Apr 2016
A great examination of moral reasoning and ethical decision-making! (by anton-neschadim)
"Eye in the Sky" is an excellent examination of ethical decision-making and action within the complexity of the military and government structures. Explored through a complex ethical scenario, this work is illustrative of many important aspects of the process such as moral sensitivity in military and government, moral reasoning, motivation, character, ... as they are portrayed and examined through the decisions, judgements and actions of the various participants and stakeholders. This movie is very well paced and is supported by a stunning cast! The action scenes really make this <more>
into a thriller. Great to have Gavin Hood return to TIFF with this excellent work, ten years after "Tsotsi" made a splash here in Toronto!
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning Colonel Katherine Powell Helen Mirren is drafted to military HQ, after intelligence confirms reports that a suicide bombing mission that could take out up to eighty people at a shopping mall is soon to go ahead in Nairobi, Kenya. The evidence is credible enough in her eyes, and those of her colleague Lieutenant General Benson Alan Rickman to launch an air strike on the terrorist plotters before they carry out their plan, but when a young girl sets up a bread stall around the target <more>
zone, American pilot Steve Watts Aaron Paul finds himself compromised, and Colonel Powell is thrust into a complex situation where she has to take opinions down the chain of command.In the modern age, with the terrorist threat level at severe, and attacks being thwarted around the globe almost daily, you have to wonder what's going on behind the scenes to keep us all safe, and hope that those responsible have the ability to make the right decisions, and don't abuse the position unnecessarily. But the thing you cannot forget is, they all are only human, and are in a position not many of us could handle. Eye in the Sky hones in on one such scenario, and gives us a riveting insight into the sort of situation that could unfold.This is not some wistful, happy ever after tale, this is a depiction of the real life cost of war, and the film isn't afraid to lay bare the nitty gritty of real life tough decisions and the hard, brutal consequences they have. Director Gavin Hood manages to wrap us up in the situation as if it's happening right in front of us, and the result is a genuinely suspenseful, intelligent and unpredictable thriller of the sort you just never see as much of nowadays, where everything seems to be more about style than substance. There are no easy answers, and everyone is caught up in an unenviable place, where every reaction/outcome is morally complex, the result of being in such an impossible state of affairs.Performances wise, in a role that its all too obvious would usually be played by a man, Mirren owns the lead role, displaying the sort of steely eyed, no nonsense grit that gives it such conviction regardless of gender, and in what we all now know was his last role, Rickman leaves us on a high note, delivering the sour, clear cutting persona we all knew him for, and so well. A supporting cast including Paul and a host of others offer dependable leverage.This is one of the best, most rewarding and pleasantly surprising thrillers I've seen in a long time, and I'd urge you to see it. *****
Is there anything better than having Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman in a movie together? They are front and center in a story about drones, war, decisions and heartache. This adult movie succeeds in spades in being a drama, a meditation on the mental and physical perils of war and the introduction of drones into our society. Aaron Paul and Barkhad Abdi Captain Phillips have small but significant roles as well. Easily one of the best movies I've seen this year. This movie is relevant in light of the increased violence we seem to wake up to each day. At its <more>
core it is about the juxtaposition of protecting citizens against evil in the world and evaluating the collateral damage which often comes with those decisions. It should give the compassionate viewer much to think about.
Unsettling heart-parked-in-your-mouth film (by ctowyi)
This is a white-knuckled heart-parked-in-your-mouth "tick tock" suspense thriller. Hardly an ounce of fats lined a lean and mean explosive storyline, and this one is going to hit the "career reset" button for Gavin Hood even though his last effort Ender's Game is quite decent . Eye in the Sky towers above Good Kill 2015 on so many levels. They have the same story premise and both are spins on drone warfare, but their similarities end there. I really thought GK was a decent film albeit a tad too heavy on melodrama histrionics and it ultimately became top down heavy <more>
in its underlying message of modern warfare. EitS on the other hand is a complete marvel. It is exactly what GK isn't. It dares to ask probing ethical and moral questions but never cheapens the narrative by giving you broad-stroked answers; it will involve you totally and absolutely. We go through a minefield of moral conundrums and nobody will come out unscathed. The script is exceptionally probing and showcases all the legalistic, moralistic, ethical and political red-tape as parties, seated in situation rooms in different parts of the world including a toilet , convened to decide whether a Hellfire missile should be launched. We see, almost in real time, the ramifications at every angle, from the innocent bystander, to the terrorists, to the people in suits and to the dude seated in a tiny room, his hands on the red trigger of a joystick. Innocence is indeed the first casualty of war. Another reason this film shines is its refusal to go down certain genre tropes. You won't see the guy, who had squeezed the trigger to rain down destruction on collateral innocents, drown in alcohol and sucking in a line of coke. You won't see a woman going home to hug her toddler to reassure herself that she did the right thing. You won't see commanders giving you three-point sermons of "it is a dirty job but somebody has to do it so that the world will be a better place". There is such a raw and unsettling freshness to it. It may be a full-on talkie but I was gripping my arm-rests tightly and my wifey had her palms parked at her mouth, almost literally from the get-go.The acting is all round immaculate. Helen Mirren shines as a hard-nosed military officer with a tiny soft spot for her underlings. Few actresses can elevate a film just with their presence; Mirren is one for the ages. This must be the best role I have seen Aaron Paul in since Breaking Bad. His role isn't easy, especially when he is stuck in a gamer's chair almost throughout the film. His face displays so much range that you would feel his internal turmoil as his omniscient eye calculates whether it will be a good kill. Barkhad Abdi, last seen as the baddie in Captain Phillips, has a superb turn as an operative on the ground, proving he is not a fluke. This is also Alan Rickman's final acting role and I literally count down the minutes that he will disappear from the big screen. The utterly memorable line he delivers with that quietly supercilious voice of his send chills down my spine. I am going to miss this fine actor. Eye in the Sky is superbly cerebral and morally thought-provoking; a suspense thriller for intelligent people. It is impossible to come out of this 102-minute film and not have your soul shattered in some way. This is one of those films you shouldn't watch alone because you would immediately want to discuss with someone which side of the fence you would sit on and count the dire consequences. Is there even a right side?
One of the best movies of the year, I highly recommend this. Makes you think, feel and debate. That's the sign of quality. (by cosmo_tiger)
"If Al-Shabab kill 80 people we win the propaganda war. If we kill one they do." Colonel Katherine Powell Mirren has been tracking a terrorist cell for years and finally has found her chance to capture them. After the discover 2 suicide vests in the house the mission changes from capture to kill. Drone pilot Steve Watts Paul is about to fire when he sees a young girl in the kill zone. He refuses to fire unless the can assure her safety. This sets off an international dispute as to what to do. This is a great movie. Unbelievably tense and really makes you think and wonder what is <more>
the right thing to do. This movie does a really fantastic job of giving two convincing sides of the argument and you really aren't sure what is the right answer. In that sense the movie has to be incredibly realistic. Up until the very end you aren't sure how the movie is going to end up, and that really adds to the tension and the quality of the movie. This is one of those movies that you just want to tell everyone about and make them watch it. Overall, one of the best movies of the year, I highly recommend this. Makes you think, feel and debate. That's the sign of a quality piece of work. I give this an A.
The Legal, Military, And Moral Implications Of 21st Century Drone Warfare (by virek213)
With ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq having killed nearly five thousand U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, not to mention the hundreds of thousands more injured and maimed, the new kind of war against post-Al Qaeda terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Shabab is being done from the air via drones. But the risk to innocent civilians is no less doing it that way than if there were actual troops with weapons on the ground. If anything, the implications of carrying out these operations from a distance are even greater in legal, military, and moral terms, because every <more>
action undertaken will eventually produce blowback that can become a seemingly never-ending cycle of killing and maiming by both sides in the so-called "War On Terror". This is what is explored in EYE IN THE SKY.Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman are the top British military officers in charge of going after a cell of Al-Shabab terrorists preparing for a potential suicide attack in Nairobi, where there happen to be two new recruits from Britain and another from the United States who had only recently become radicalized. The terrorists have ensconced themselves at a house in a heavily crowded residential area in the Kenyan capital, and are being closely monitored on the ground by a Kenyan operative Barkhad Abdi, who portrayed the chief pirate in 2013's CAPTAIN PHILLIPS . Everything is confirmed and ready to destroy both the house and its occupants before they are able to carry out an attack that could kill at least eighty people, but the legal loopholes that they have to go through to be given the authority to carry out the drone strike are immense. And the moral implications intervene when a young Kenyan girl is seen selling bread on the street side of the wall near the safe house, making her a potential casualty, what the military calls by the all-encompassing Orwellian euphemism "collateral damage." And the two U.S. military officers Phoebe Fox, Aaron Paul who are piloting the drone and its missile are watching all this from their seats at an air force base near Las Vegas.Even when the strike is carried out after a lot of hand-wringing, resulting in the deaths of the terrorists and innocent civilians simply caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, the reverberations of what was done go well beyond the blast zone in Nairobi. When, after the strike, Rickman tells one of his government's heads "Never tell a soldier that he doesn't know the cost of war", he doesn't mean just the dead people at the strike itself, but the psychological toll it takes on the military, both officers and soldiers alike, and the implications for the world at large It would be a fallacy, following how badly both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were botched by our political leaders here in America who were blinded by their own venality and arrogance, to think that the costs of carrying out a successful strike don't weigh heavily on the people in the military who are charged with approving such strikes and the soldiers or pilots responsible for carrying them out. This is the crux of the matter in EYE IN THE SKY, as shown by director Gavin Hood ENDER"S GAME; X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE; RENDITION and screenwriter Guy Hibbert FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN . Instead of being a rock 'em, sock 'em gung-ho action flick seemingly approved for public consumption by Bush, Cheney, et al, what we get instead is a very concise look at the military, legal, and, above all, the moral implications of our drone strike policies. Mirren and Rickman the latter often known for playing ruthless villains, as he did masterfully in 1988's DIE HARD are excellent in their roles, even though they don't share any actual screen time together, but that is not to diminish the contributions made by Paul, Fox, or Abdi. Nothing is done melodramatically or for the sake of showing the adrenaline lust for bloodthirsty proactive violence against undoubtedly cold-blooded inhuman monsters. For that reason, EYE IN THE SKY is a film well worth seeing and discussing.
Unlike Good Kill, which is more focused on a drone pilot's life this movie is focused on a military joint operation between UK, US and Kenyan Forces against Al Shabab terrorists.This movie is about ethical conundrum of drone attacks and killing innocent people in the process.It's an intense film well acted and it really reflects how difficult it gets to give clearance for an attack when an innocent life gets in close proximity to a target.There is a conflict between human ethics and achieving military objective. Can 1 innocent life be sacrificed in order to save many? That's the <more>
question on which the whole movie revolves around.
This movie was all of a sudden for me. "GoodKill" was the previous movie I saw which was made on the pilot behind the control's of the drones. But this took the movie to another level and did not let it stay stagnant.I went into watching this movie with no idea, apart from the fact Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren are in it. It took me on a edge of the seat, nail biting suspense to understanding of all the decisions and effort that goes into putting a mission into effect. If you wanna see a rare movie, shot splendidly, beautiful cast, perfect emotions and acting - this is a movie to <more>
watch. It might even crack your tears up if your so engrossed into the role these actors play in this movie. One to watch, and I feel one to definitely own in Blue Ray.
Here is a timely reminder of the consequences of war, especially with so many battles taking place at the moment. As it's such a topical issue, the themes presented are realistic and engage the viewer in every aspect of the decision making process. It certainly helps when there's Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman his final live action performance in the cast. In fact, all the actors deliver stirring and memorable performances that highlight how ethical dilemmas can determine the choices people make. The story provocatively asks if conscience can affect the judgement of military <more>
personnel.Colonel Katherine Powell Helen Mirren is a UK-based military officer who is in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel led by Jama Farah Barkhad Abdi , Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing. As a result, the objective is changed from capture to kill. American drone pilot Steve Watts Aaron Paul is about to engage but discovers a young girl who is in the vicinity of the target. Powell contacts fellow military like Lieutenant General Frank Benson Alan Rickman , politicians and lawyers to determine whether to take action.It does take a while to set up the story with the opening scenes taking place in many different locations. All these places are represented by captions on the screen. Once the mission has been explained, the tension of the plot never lets up. The 'Eye in the Sky' of the title represents the drone or satellite imagery that provides a bird's eye view of what is transpiring on the ground. These scenes are expertly handled by director, Gavin Hood. It could have so easily been boring seeing images from the sky but the fluidity of the camera movements ensures that the thrills are maintained throughout the deliberations. Credit must go to the cast for displaying the tensions and anxieties that some military personnel experience. Mirren hardly makes a poor choice when it comes to role selection and she is at her commanding best in this movie. Rickman will be missed after his untimely death earlier this year but this is a fine performance to bow out with. Paul also deserves recognition for expressing the uncertainty and morals that drone pilots can undergo. Abdi proves that his Oscar nominated performance in Captain Phillips was no fluke and acts with great determination here.Eye in the Sky is a thrilling and exciting insight of modern warfare. The conversations exchanged between the participants might be technical at times but the viewer gets the gist of what is happening through the superior acting especially by Mirren and Rickman. There's also the action taking place on the screen that shows without a doubt how tense and indecisive things can be behind the scenes and on the ground.