Eye In The Sky (15)

A military operation goes south when a young girl enters the kill zone. Little does she know that she’s just triggered a whole series of international disputes over modern warfare.

Eye In The Sky details the implications that arise when Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) and Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) order a drone missile strike to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya.

Colonel Powell is in command of a secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Using remote surveillance and on-the-ground operatives she soon discovers that her targets are planning a suicide bombing. Powell’s mission quickly escalates from capture to kill.

The Colonel gives the order to strike but just 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 US and British government.

We watch as the most powerful people in the world battle over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

If the mission is successful then it will lead to the destruction of the Number 2, 3 and 5 terrorists on the American list of most wanted terrorist in East Africa.

And so the powers that be go head to head to make an impossible decision. In London there’s Powell’s commanding officer Lt. General Frank Benson, a junior minister and the British Attorney General; the British Foreign Secretary at a trade conference; and the U.S. Secretary of State in China.

All while Lieutenant Watts waits anxiously to hear if the kill mission is approved, if he will have to pull the trigger. Do they proceed knowing there will be collateral damage? Lieutenant General Benson sums up the situation perfectly in one line, “Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.”

Eye In The Sky is a heart-wrenching action movie that shows the consequence of war from all angles. Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul and Barkhad Abdi were outstanding. This was Alan Rickman’s last movie before he passed and as usual he doesn’t disappoint. His level of intensity never waivers.

Mirren is also on form delivering a performance that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. This isn’t easy watching but nothing good ever came easily.

By Ruth Walker

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