Eye In The Sky

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As taut as it is timely, Eye in the Sky offers a powerfully acted -- and unusually cerebral -- spin on the modern wartime political thriller.



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The moral implications of modern warfare are confronted in Bleecker Street's powerful drama, Eye in the Sky, coming to Digital HD on June 14, 2016 and Blu-ray(TM), DVD and On Demand on June 28, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tackling an ethical dilemma in a thought-provoking suspenseful story, the gritty film stars Academy Award (R) Winner, Helen Mirren (Trumbo, The Queen), Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad," Need for Speed), Academy Award (R) Nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Philips), Iain Glen ("Game of Thrones," Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) in his final on-screen performance. Eye in the Sky "holds us in a vise and keeps squeezing" according to Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. Directed by Academy Award (R) Winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Ender's Game) and written by Guy Hibbert ("Complicit," Five Minutes of Heaven), Eye in the Sky follows Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Using remote surveillance and on-the-ground intelligence, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill." But as American pilot 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 American and British government, over the moral, political and personal implications of modern military operations.

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Helen Mirren
as Col. Katherine Powell
Alan Rickman
as Lt. Gen. Frank Benson
Aaron Paul
as Steve Watts
Barkhad Abdi
as Jama Farah
Jeremy Northam
as Brian Woodale
Iain Glen
as James Willett
Phoebe Fox
as Carrie Gershon
Kim Engelbrecht
as Lucy Galvez
Faisa Hassan
as Fatima Mo'Allim
Aisha Takow
as Alia Mo'Allim
Armaan Haggio
as Musa Mo'Allim
Bob Chappell
as Simon Powell
Babou Ceesay
as Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq
Kate Liquorish
as Female Sergeant
Carl Beukes
as Sergeant Mike Gleeson
Monde Sibisi
as Muhammad Abdisalaam
Richard Stephenson
as Staff Sergeant
Warren Masemola
as Agent Atieno
Gabriella Pinto
as Female Corporal
Tylan Wray
as Male Corporal
Lemogang Tsipa
as Matt Levery
Hossain Dahir
as Driver One
Gavin Hood
as Lt. Colonel Ed Walsh
Kenneth Fok
as First Crewman
Zak Rowlands
as Second Crewman-K. Moore
Vusi Kunene
as Major Moses Owiti
Paul Spaulding
as Command Support Staff
Francis Chouler
as Jack Cleary
Richard McCabe
as George Matherson
Monica Dolan
as Angela Northman
Roberto Meyer
as Rasheed Hamud
Henry Pilime
as Parklands Gate Guard
James Alexander
as Image Analyst
Sammy Maina
as Parklands Gate Guard
Hassan Abdullah
as Shahid Ahmed
Bronson Mwangi
as Kenyan Captain
Lex King
as Susan Danford/Ayesha AL-Hady
Abdi Mohamed Osman
as Amadu Mukhtar
Mohammad Ali Sahra
as Militia Leader
Dek Hassan
as Abdullah AL-Hady
John Heffernan
as Major Harold Webb
Chaltu Ahmed
as Poor Woman
Daniel Fox
as Tom Bellamy
Ed Suter
as Benson's Aide-De-Camp
Sonia Esgueria
as Esther Alvarez
Omar Abu Kadir
as Driver Two
Laila Robins
as Ms. Jillian Goldman
Dileef Rahim
as Amadu Gate Guard
Robert Omache
as Amadu Gate Guard
Istar Takow
as Woman Buying Bread
Andrew Ahula
as Street Vendor (Buckets)
Hilowli Hassan
as Militia Man
Ma Mohamed
as Osman Abade
Jessica Jones
as Kate Barnes
Michael O'Keefe
as Ken Stanitzke
Sonia Esgueira
as Esther Alvarez
Mohamed Fidow
as Abdi Militia Soldier
Sabrina Hassan Abdulle
as Woman Buying Bread
Fatima Mohamed Mohamud
as Woman Buying Bread
Fowzia Dahir
as Woman Buying Bread
Hamdi Adam Shire
as Pedestrian
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  • Jan 12, 2017
    Eye in the sky reveals how sinister and moral uncertainties can occur in war
    Andrew H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2016
    Excellent...a thoroughly entertaining film. I love the way this is filmed, and the acting is fantastic...Helen Mirren delivers an Oscar-caliber performance here.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2016
    In what is Alan Rickman's last ever performance (RIP) him, and the other well-known cast members tell a disturbing tale of the bureaucracy of terrorism and the desensitization to violence for drone strikes and their operators.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2016
    One of the best films of 2016 with everyone giving the performances of their careers in a tense, edge of your seat drama questioning the morality of war with no easy answers. Put this on your must see list.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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