Eye in the Sky

Sessions are extremely well frequented and received!!
Not a macho movie about war, but a tense well-made spy thriller for all. And Alan Rickman to boot!

It’s a tight thriller played out smoothly but tying the viewer in moral knots. A film to think about for days, with little hope of finding a comfortable answer.
Olly Richards, Empire

Through tense, clock-ticking drama and well-acted interactions, Eye in the Sky raises many questions about the new gray areas of military conflict.
Bob Hoose, Plugged In

A lieutenant general (Alan Rickman) and a colonel (Helen Mirren) face political opposition after ordering a drone missile strike to take out a group of suicide bombers in Nairobi, Kenya.

The fictional drone strike concerned is under the direction of Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren, in a role originally written for a man). The initial plan was to capture a radicalised young Englishwoman from a terrorist hideout in Nairobi. But when futuristic close-up surveillance reveals the occupants of the house are preparing for an imminent attack, the strike is on.

And off. And on. The film is essentially a series of discussions about whether to proceed, illustrated with aerial footage of the target zone, at the centre of which a young girl is selling loaves of the bread her mother has freshly baked.

It is a nail-biting exercise in collective buck passing as the combatants, lawyers and politicians involved argue the personal, political and legal merits of launching a Hellfire missile attack in “a friendly country that is not at war”. Among them, the late great Alan Rickman (in his last role), sitting in London and gradually losing patience with the propaganda-savvy bureaucrats who seem more concerned with saving face than saving lives.

USA 2016, 102 min, rated M (violence, offensive language)
Directed by Gavin Hood
Starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul, Iain Glen, Jeremy Northam, Barkhad Abdi, Phoebe Fox & Monica Dolan

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