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Eye in the Sky

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United Kingdom, Canada · 2015
Rated R · 1h 42m
Director Gavin Hood
Starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi
Genre Drama, Thriller, War

A UK-based military officer tracking a terrorist group in Kenya escalates the mission from capture to kill after she discovers plans for a suicide bombing. As American pilot Steve Watts 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.

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Variety by Joe Leydon

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


The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

While certainly imperfect, there is something to admire about the film’s attempt to present the tangled logistics of a single military operation, where it seems everyone wants success but none of the responsibility of the tough decision making involved.


Entertainment Weekly by Leah Greenblatt

Aaron Paul has key scenes as the drone pilot who actually has to pull the trigger, but it’s the late Alan Rickman, as Mirren’s superior, who steals the film.


Slant Magazine by Matt Brennan

Director Gavin Hood treats the aesthetics of high-tech surveillance as the opaque membrane through which the prosecution of the War on Terror must pass.


Screen International by Tim Grierson

While Eye In The Sky is effective in building suspense and making a talk-y drama compelling, these techniques are in service to high-minded, heavy-handed filmmaking that buries troubling wartime questions in simplistic rhetoric.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Eye in the Sky is 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.

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