Eye in the Sky is a Controversial Drama on Drone Warfare that is Riveting, Suspenseful, and Cleverly Structured To Mix Both Elements of a Thriller and a Tragic Tale
Eye in the Sky is a 2015 British thriller film directed by Gavin Hood based on a screenplay by Guy Hibbert that features drone warfare. The movie was filmed on location in the director’s homeland of South Africa (“patriotism at its best”).
A military intelligence officer, Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren the badass grandma from “Red”) heads a top secret drone operation to capture a terrorist (Al-Shabaab) group, particularly a young radicalized British female, staying in a safe house in a densely populated Nairobi (usistuke, hata movie ya Maruge was filmed in S.A).
When Powell learns that the group devices to carry out a suicide attack, her objective is altered to kill the terrorists. An American Drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul the awesome driver in “Need for Speed”) marks the safe house for obliteration but reports a nine-year-old girl entering the kill zone. Powell contacts politicians and lawyers to decide whether or not to take action.
Drone warfare is very messy it only require command decisions (just do as you are told, some bureaucratic bullcrap), then comes collateral damage and finally major efforts are made to cover up the mistakes and disorder, this controversial topic drama is exciting and cleverly structured to mix both elements of a thriller and a tragic tale. “Eyes in the Sky” just validates that drone warfare is a very contentious military tactic as was also highlighted in the 2014 “Good Kill” starring Ethan Hawke
Barkhad Abdi (Jama Farah, in the film) has found his niche in Hollywood, his performance as an undercover agent is outstanding and exceptional and he achieves that even when handicapped with a very small amount of dialogue. (“I am the captain now”, is that line familiar? The main antagonist from Captain Phillips).
With a rating of 4 out of 5 stars given by me, I urge you to go check out this interesting movie. Enjoy!