Eye In The Sky Review
Eye in the Sky is a chilling, yet beautifully executed thriller. The realism is a scary reminder of the impact of war. Even if you aren't into war films, I recommend you give this a go!
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Eye In The Sky premièred this weekend in the UK and I’m already saddened by the high possibility it is going to be overlooked by the release of The Jungle Book. This tense thriller is beautifully executed, and despite its severity small doses of comedy is cleverly interjected. The overall concept is realistic and explosive.
Helen Mirren plays Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer who is in charge of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. After six years of searching, she and her team have found some highly wanted terrorists. However, the mission escalates to a ‘capture’ to ‘kill’ scenario, because the terrorists are caught planning a suicide bomb attack. Things get even more tricky as American pilot Steve Watt (Aaron Paul) is about to strike, but a nine year old girl enters the kill zone. Thus, triggering an international dispute with the British and US government officials with a very limited amount of time.
One thing this film does that has stuck in my mind was the powerful ending. Lieutenant General Frank Benson’s (Alan Rickman) closing line to Angela North (Monica Dolan), “don’t ever tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.” It is a powerful reminder that behind every solider there is a human being. The realism of the film was truly chilling. The debate on whether to strike or not, made my personally feel like I was back in college debating ethics in the classroom. Eye In The Sky has brought the hard truth to the cinema screen, that situations like what was portrayed in the film does happen in real life and highlights to the costs of war.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film, more than I thought I would. I wasn’t expecting it to be as meaningful as it was towards the end, as all elements and arguments were represented thoughtfully. My favourite aspects of this film is that it progressed in real time, which only emphasises the limited time to act even more. The cast were all fantastic and as Alan Rickman’s last role before his death, we are reminded of his superb talent as an actor, and only amplifies the magnitude of his loss to the film industry.
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