Eye in the Sky

April 25th, 2016


Eye in the Sky

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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.5/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Gavin Hood

Stars: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman

EYE IN THE SKY stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill." But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

Helen Mirren - Colonel Katherine Powell
Aaron Paul - Steve Watts
Alan Rickman - Lieutenant General Frank Benson
Barkhad Abdi - Jama Farah
Jeremy Northam - Brian Woodale
Iain Glen - Foreign Secretary James Willett
Phoebe Fox - Carrie Gershon
Kim Engelbrecht - Lucy Galvez
Meganne Young - Lizzy
Carl Beukes - Sergeant Mike Gleeson
Monica Dolan - Angela Northman
James Alexander - Image Analyst
Armand Aucamp - Airman
Babou Ceesay - Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq
Francis Chouler - Jack Cleary

Taglines: The commander is in England. The drone pilot is in America. The terrorist is in Kenya. And the authority to strike is up in the air.

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: South Africa

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

"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 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!


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