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Eye in the Sky (2015)

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Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

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Gavin Hood

Writer:

Guy Hibbert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Faisa Hassan Faisa Hassan ... Fatima Mo'Allim
Aisha Takow Aisha Takow ... Alia Mo'Allim
Armaan Haggio Armaan Haggio ... Musa Mo'Allim
Helen Mirren ... Colonel Katherine Powell
Bob Chappell Bob Chappell ... Simon Powell
Alex Gallafent Alex Gallafent ... Reporter
Aaron Paul ... Steve Watts
Babou Ceesay ... Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq
Carl Beukes ... Sergeant Mike Gleeson
Kate Liquorish ... Female Sergeant
Richard Stephenson Richard Stephenson ... Staff Sergeant
Gabriella Pinto Gabriella Pinto ... Female Corporal
Tylan Wray Tylan Wray ... Male Corporal
Hossain Dahir Hossain Dahir ... Driver One
Mondé Sibisi Mondé Sibisi ... Muhammad Abdisalaam
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Storyline

Colonel Katherine Powell (Dame Helen Mirren) is a U.K.-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 Lieutenant 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 U.S. and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Written by Bleecker Street

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Welcome to the new front line. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | Somali

Release Date:

1 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemigo invisible See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,803, 13 March 2016

Gross USA:

$18,704,595

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,259,653
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The main part of the plot unfolds in real time. See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, it is day time (possibly late afternoon) when Alia (in Nairobi, Kenya) is taken to the hospital. Drone pilots Steve Watts and Carrie Gerson (in Nevada, USA) leave the control cabin at what is supposedly sunrise. Col. Powell (in London, UK) leaves at the same time but is shown driving at night. It should have been around noon in London. See more »

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Intention vs. reality
29 July 2018 | by theovosseSee all my reviews

Great movie that doesn't have to rely on tons of CGI to sustain interest. Instead, there is just a handful of characters, and they discuss about consequences. It's a discussion that won't happen in reality, of course, but the characters represent the different viewpoints in the drone killing process, and they do it very well. As another comment said: you have never seen a Skype call this gripping. This is great cinematography.

Had it just been a discussion about the moral ambiguity of drone strikes, the movie would not have convinced. Where the movie shines, IMO, is its portrayal of uncertainty. Reality cannot be manipulated, and can certainly not be taken for granted. The outcome is not decided in the discussion, but afterwards, and we have to face it. That can make you reluctant to act to the point of cowardice, or all gung-ho, but it doesn't make a difference in the end.

So, is there a happy ending? It doesn't matter. Live with the pain.


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