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Eye In The Sky (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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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R (for some violence images and language.)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

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
Alex Gallafent
as Reporter
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
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
Ebby Weyime
as Damisi
Paul Spaulding
as Command Support Staff
Vusi Kunene
as Major Moses Owiti
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
Laila Robins
as Ms. Jillian Goldman
Omar Abu Kadir
as Driver Two
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
Ali Mohamed
as Khalid
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
Fatumo Sheknoor Ali
as Pedestrian
Hamdi Adam Shire
as Pedestrian
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Critic Reviews for Eye In The Sky

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (32)

It's a lean, Lumet-like thriller that puts the moral calculus of drone warfare in its crosshairs.

Full Review… | April 27, 2016
Associated Press
Top Critic

Eye in the Sky is disturbing, but it's also balanced and ambivalent about what is right.

Full Review… | March 27, 2016
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Eye in the Sky is compelling, offering the best elements of a drama and a thriller.

Full Review… | March 27, 2016
ReelViews
Top Critic

The military and covert war-wagers are getting better and better at killing from farther and farther away, and filmmakers seem to be getting better and better in the drone-warfare genre.

Full Review… | March 25, 2016
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Hood keeps the action tense throughout this nail-biter, which unfolds like a taut stage play. It offers no easy answers, only difficult questions about following orders and the cost of war.

Full Review… | March 25, 2016
Detroit News
Top Critic

Watching battle organized at arm's length is a strange and surreal experience, steeped in dread. When Eye in the Sky eventually touches down to put a viewer right into the centre of the action, emotionally speaking, it's a jarring transition.

Full Review… | March 24, 2016
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Eye In The Sky

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.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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