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.
Eye in the Sky delightfully surprised me with its strong performances, great writing, and the themes it delivered. It’s not simply a war film about a drone strike, but also about what legal and ethical dilemmas must be faced, and its toll on human nature. The movie is set in real-time instead of being a war adventure, and this fictional movie felt like it could have been a true story. The performances are all great, as both Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul give it their best and make their characters feel as deep and realistic as they should be. My favorite performance in this movie, however, is from the late Alan Rickman, who was still able to entertain and charm in a rather serious role, even in a posthumously released film.
What helps Eye in the Sky achieve its goals more than anything else is its power to open your eyes to what is going on in our world today. This movie make you realize that its situation could be what happens every day, as our soldiers and governments must make moral decisions and take in mind the amount of collateral damage, public effect, and most importantly, how many lives may be lost. Carried by its great performances, the movie manages to remain politically thrilling while giving you a glimpse at what problems our world is facing in the present. The movie also features drone technology used in today’s warfare, making the situation more timely. Not all of the visual effects and lighting feel real, but what can you expect from a movie made by a smaller studio (and the director of one of the worst superhero movies ever made)? What matters is that this movie was able to keep me on the edge of my seat, and impressed me with its themes on morality and war.
Nail-biting, uncompromising, and thought-provoking, Eye in the Sky is a one-of-a-kind film that gives you a glimpse at modern warfare and the ethics of situations in drone warfare. The ensemble cast is superb, and the thrills are definitely enough to make this movie worth a ticket.