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
Richard Stephenson
as Staff Sergeant
Monde Sibisi
as Muhammad Abdisalaam
Gabriella Pinto
as Female Corporal
Warren Masemola
as Agent Atieno
Tylan Wray
as Male Corporal
Hossain Dahir
as Driver One
Lemogang Tsipa
as Matt Levery
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
Henry Pilime
as Parklands Gate Guard
Roberto Meyer
as Rasheed Hamud
James Alexander
as Image Analyst
Sammy Maina
as Parklands Gate Guard
Bronson Mwangi
as Kenyan Captain
Hassan Abdullah
as Shahid Ahmed
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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A tension thrill ride that leaves you in awe of the talent on screen and off. Saddening that this is Alan Rickmans final project but a worthy one.

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Film Crazy

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A tense build up of emotions, carefully considered in its exposure of diametrically opposed concerns over militar, political and moral action in the current technological war against fundamentalism.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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Gripping and intelligent, Eye in the Sky is edge of your seat cinema that also sheds light on a difficult and complex subject. What the film lacks in technical craft (due to mediocre special effects) is outweighed by its excellent writing and excellent acting, especially from Alan Rickman.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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The legalities of drone warfare is a highlight of this thoughtful discussion. What are the ethical ramifications? The ability for governments to execute people from the safe comfort of a remote location in a different country is addressed. Also the collateral damage, specifically the possible loss of innocent human life, is taken into account. Director Gavin Hood takes a long time to set up the plot, but once the story catches spark, it's pretty tense. He's so much more engaging when directing these smaller films (Oscar-winning Tsotsi) than the big budget Hollywood blockbusters (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender's Game). The intricate consideration of numerous "what-ifs" form the crux of the drama. The moral dilemmas make Eye In The Sky essential viewing. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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