Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

Morally-complex military thriller starring Oscar-winner Helen Mirren as the commander of a drone operation, tasked with capturing terrorists in Kenya only to have the whole mission turn sideways. Co-stars Alan Rickman (Harry Potter), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips).

London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren) is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The mission suddenly escalates from a “capture” to a “kill” operation when Powell realizes that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission. American drone pilot Steve Watts (Paul) is poised to destroy the safe-house when a nine year old girl enters the kill zone just outside the walls of the house. With unforeseen collateral damage now entering the equation, the impossible decision of when to strike gets passed up the “kill chain” of politicians and lawyers as the seconds tick down.

2015Rating: M, Mature themes, violence and coarse language102 minsUK
DramaThrillerWar
93%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Paul Casserly

Flicks, Paul Casserly

flicks

In Eye in the Sky, we are asked to consider the moral choices that lead Western powers to blow the bejesus out of Islamic terrorists using unmanned planes, or drones. In a twist that allows Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman to appear in original English flavour, the drone attack here is a British-led one. The hardware is however all American, and is ‘piloted’ by Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman) from a storage unit in the Nevada desert.

4.0
0

This film stands out as both a thoroughly gripping film and a consciousness raising experience.

The war film genre enables us to confront the realities of war by venting our inner fears and indulging our conceits of victory. But there are many kinds of war film. Depending on theme and purpose, war films can be a hybrid of the adventure, history, drama, thriller, science fiction and even comedy genres. They have recently morphed from trench-and-tank...

4.0
0

Loved it!

A total wild card for me. Went in not knowing very much about it. I was so impressed, every second was suspenseful and exciting. Great performances by all. A definite must see!

5.0
0

More about decision by committee

than a war story (that is irrelevant). Level of command to go to when no one will make a big decision. That is why it was worth going to.

3.0
0

Well constructed suspense.

A fascinating and balanced look at modern drone warfare. This film powerfully conveys the realities of war and the moral and political dilemmas faced when going up against an imminent threat. Don't go in expecting high-paced action, this film sets up its premise and then delights in cranking up the suspense. As a side-note, the older ladies next to me...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A rivetingly suspenseful drama that deftly intertwines elements of ticking-clock thriller and tragic farce.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

There's wit, integrity and insight here, but it cries out for a lighter touch.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A tick-tock suspense exercise as well as a neat little ethical echo chamber, a plea for reason in a world exploding too vigorously to give it the time of day.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A grim, suspenseful farce in which unpredictable human behavior repeatedly threatens an operation of astounding technological sophistication.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Aims to thrill and covertly manages to inform simultaneously.

4.0
0
The Australian

The Australian

press

A disturbing, intelligent and very well crafted contemporary thriller with a solid screenplay by Guy Hibbert and seamless direction.

4.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

In the hands of gifted South African director Gavin Hood the film is a smart, graphic and disturbing thriller, with a clear eye for the fault lines of modern warfare.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Satisfies fully on entertainment terms without cheapening its real-world concerns.

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

You'll find an intelligent, well-rounded military drama, challenging both the efficiency and ethics of modern remote-controlled warfare.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Sporadically sentimental, unrealistic, and overburdened with intrusive soundtrack music. But it gets you in, and it's suspenseful, claustrophobic, and a fairly unusual take on the counter-terrorism sub-genre.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

It’s the late Alan Rickman, as Mirren’s superior, who steals the film.

0
Flicks, Paul Casserly

Flicks, Paul Casserly

flicks

In Eye in the Sky, we are asked to consider the moral choices that lead Western powers to blow the bejesus out of Islamic terrorists using unmanned planes, or drones. In a twist that allows Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman to appear in original English flavour, the drone attack here is a British-led one. The hardware is however all American, and is ‘piloted’ by Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman) from a storage unit in the Nevada desert.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A rivetingly suspenseful drama that deftly intertwines elements of ticking-clock thriller and tragic farce.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

There's wit, integrity and insight here, but it cries out for a lighter touch.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A tick-tock suspense exercise as well as a neat little ethical echo chamber, a plea for reason in a world exploding too vigorously to give it the time of day.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A grim, suspenseful farce in which unpredictable human behavior repeatedly threatens an operation of astounding technological sophistication.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Aims to thrill and covertly manages to inform simultaneously.

4.0
0
The Australian

The Australian

press

A disturbing, intelligent and very well crafted contemporary thriller with a solid screenplay by Guy Hibbert and seamless direction.

4.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

In the hands of gifted South African director Gavin Hood the film is a smart, graphic and disturbing thriller, with a clear eye for the fault lines of modern warfare.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Satisfies fully on entertainment terms without cheapening its real-world concerns.

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

You'll find an intelligent, well-rounded military drama, challenging both the efficiency and ethics of modern remote-controlled warfare.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Sporadically sentimental, unrealistic, and overburdened with intrusive soundtrack music. But it gets you in, and it's suspenseful, claustrophobic, and a fairly unusual take on the counter-terrorism sub-genre.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

It’s the late Alan Rickman, as Mirren’s superior, who steals the film.

0

This film stands out as both a thoroughly gripping film and a consciousness raising experience.

The war film genre enables us to confront the realities of war by venting our inner fears and indulging our conceits of victory. But there are many kinds of war film. Depending on theme and purpose, war films can be a hybrid of the adventure, history, drama, thriller, science fiction and even comedy genres. They have recently morphed from trench-and-tank...

4.0
0

Loved it!

A total wild card for me. Went in not knowing very much about it. I was so impressed, every second was suspenseful and exciting. Great performances by all. A definite must see!

5.0
0

More about decision by committee

than a war story (that is irrelevant). Level of command to go to when no one will make a big decision. That is why it was worth going to.

3.0
0

Well constructed suspense.

A fascinating and balanced look at modern drone warfare. This film powerfully conveys the realities of war and the moral and political dilemmas faced when going up against an imminent threat. Don't go in expecting high-paced action, this film sets up its premise and then delights in cranking up the suspense. As a side-note, the older ladies next to me...

4.0
0