Eye in the Sky

2015, Drama/War, 1h 42m

221 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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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.

Cast & Crew

Dame Helen Mirren
Colonel Katherine Powell
Aaron Paul
Steve Watts
Alan Rickman
Lieutenant General Frank Benson
Barkhad Abdi
Jama Farah
Iain Glen
Foreign Secretary James Willett
Richard McCabe
Attorney General George Matherson
Jeremy Northam
Brian Woodale
Phoebe Fox
Carrie Gershon
Carl Beukes
Sergeant Mike Gleeson
Aisha Takow
Alia Mo'Allim
Lex King
Susan Helen Danford
Guy Hibbert
Screenwriter
Xavier Marchand
Executive Producer
Benedict Carver
Executive Producer
Anne Sheehan
Executive Producer
Claudia Bluemhuber
Executive Producer
Guy Hibbert
Executive Producer
Stephen Wright
Executive Producer
Haris Zambarloukos
Cinematographer
Megan Gill
Film Editor
Paul Hepker
Original Music
Mark Kilian
Original Music
Johnny Breedt
Production Design
Patrick O'Connor
Supervising Art Direction
Graeme Cowie
Art Director
Fred Du Preez
Set Decoration
Ruy Filipe
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Audience Reviews for Eye in the Sky

  • Oct 02, 2019
    Strong thriller and one of the best films of that year. The cast pull together for one of the strongest films about innocent casualties and wartime choices. This grabs you from the very beginning and imagine these decisions being done right now. Moral decisions are made like this and I'm shocked I had not watched this film on release. Mirren is amazing in the lead role and her bias judgement is easily relatable. Aaron Paul almost steals the show as a drone pilot with an insanely difficult decision. Topical and highly relevant film. This is a must see for fans of Fail Safe and 12 Angry Men, they accomplish a lot with a little and if you cut most of the big budget set pieces, you could imagine this playing out in a theatre. Great film. 28/09/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • 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

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