Eye in the Sky

eye in the skyWent to the actual movie theater to see my girl and yours, Helen Mirren play Colonel Katherine Powell in the military drone film, Eye in the Sky. Accompanying Mirren is a strong supporting cast including Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman (in his final role), Barkhad Abdi, Phoebe Fox, Ebby Weyime, Gavin Hood, Jeremy Northam, Monica Dolan, Francis Chouler, Richard McCabe, and Iain Glen. The quagmire of this film erupts from the reality that bombs no longer kill faceless people. The casualties of war – the civilians who die as a result of bombs directed at specific targets now have faces. With drone technology, we can see the faces and daily activity of these people who might otherwise be an unfortunate result of a necessary attack. How does this new information change the decisions the military makes? And more importantly how does this awareness and connection forever change the lives of those in power? Eye in the Sky ponders heavy questions during an extremely suspenseful story. Mirren and cast are incredible ramping up the anxiety as the technology gives the audience a birds-eye view of the action. There were audible gasps in the audience during the film at the detail these drone cameras were relaying. In the end, we are left with an age-old question – who gets to decide who lives and who dies? Why are we still killing each other over our differences? Thought provoking, suspenseful and intelligent. Add Helen Mirren into the mix and you’ve got a perfect combination. 4 out of 5 for Eye in the Sky.

RIP Alan Rickman.

7/16/16: Watched Eye in the Sky a second time on the eve of its DVD release. Still packs a wallop and continues to leave us with more questions on our morality as humans than answers. An excellent crossover intelligent war film. Highly recommended.

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