Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

DVD - 2016
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London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The mission suddenly escalates from a "capture" to a "kill" operation as Powell realizes that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission. From his base in Nevada, American drone pilot Steve Watts is poised to destroy the safe-house when a nine year old girl enters the kill zone just outside the walls of the house. With unforeseen collateral damage now entering the equation, the impossible decision of when to strike gets passed up the "kill chain" of politicians and lawyers as the seconds tick down.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Entertainment One, [2016]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE EYE
Language Note: In English with optional French language track; English or French subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Apr 19, 2019

Simply a terrific movie...so worth the time!

Dec 07, 2018

Rated 8/10. This movie appears to give a realistic account of the use of a drone in a terrorist action.

Overall, I thought it was well done. Good acting by all.

Nov 29, 2018

A thinking person's movie and well worth watching. You are handed nothing on a silver platter but the problem at hand - namely, how do you behave when none of the options are acceptable to everyone making the decision.

Thoughtfully written, exquisitely acted (of course). The technology part is within the range of plausibility - though not probability - and is needed to carry the moral dilemma to fruition. Because of the level of facts known to those making the decisions, it leaves no room for plausible deniability.

Sep 18, 2018

This war film goes into the controversies of violence and what is deemed to be moral and logical, and what is deemed to be evil and unnecessary. The movie is about two army officials who decide to air strike suicide bombers in Kenya, leading to a lot of political backlash and controversy over whether or not it was the right call. I feel like this movie had great chemistry between its leading actors Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman, with supporting actors that complemented the duo. This drama/thriller film was in no way absurd or out there, and delivered things as facts instead of blind bias and opinion. I would rate this political film 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those with a fascination with military and war.
@The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Aug 24, 2018

Basic trolley problem.

Jul 22, 2018

Great movie about modern warfare.

Jul 06, 2018

the emotional payoff at the end is we see a young girl get killed by a pair of hellcat missiles.
pornography anyone?

Jun 22, 2018

Directed by Gavin Hood in 2015, this British war-against-terrorists drama delves into the ethical challenges of drone warfare.
Some of the advanced technologies depicted are not yet out in the field.
Many are, however, only a few years away from being a reality.
It is NOT fair at all from the viewpoint of the attacked.
After all, there is NO good war; every war is bad.

Jun 10, 2018

Long, drawn-out, and can I take an hour-and-a-half to say, boring?

JCLIanH Jun 07, 2018

Eye in the Sky is (to my knowledge) the first major movie to tackle the logistics and ethics of drone warfare. It does so as an edge-of-your-seat thriller told in real time, and the results are a heavy examination of the morality of modern warfare. Director Gavin Hood does a very nice job of remaining mostly ambivalent about the subject, as we watch a far-flung group of colonels, generals, lawyers, and drone pilots grapple with the weight of preventing a suicide bombing at the cost of some particularly heart wrenching collateral damage. What really makes this film sing though is the outstanding ensemble cast. Helen Mirren as a hawkish colonel eager to prevent a terrorist attack, collateral damage be damned, is amazing. She's playing the role typically reserved for a Hollywood man's man and crushes it.

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Jul 22, 2018

Lt. General Frank Benson: Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.

Aug 02, 2016

This is an operation to capture, not kill. Your job is to be their eye in the sky.
Colonel, our intelligence only has them arriving in another half hour.
-- Well, then our intelligence is bad.
Showman 5-0, we need an eye inside that house. I have to know if Danford is inside, and who is with her.
--Ma'am, it would mean putting a man in the street, and you'd have to get close to control the beetle. It would easily raise suspicion.
What, even if you use a Somali?
--Every stranger is suspicious, even a Somali.

Aug 02, 2016

Has there ever been a British-led drone attack on a city in a friendly country that is not at war? General?
--I do not believe so, no.
Then how can we sanction it?
We have a situation here which could result in massive loss of life in the next 10 minutes.
--Then use those 10 minutes and get the Secretary's approval. That is my decision, General.
Are we clear to engage, yes or no? Come on, make a decision.
--With respect, ma'am, I don't make those decisions. I'm here to advise you on the law! The law is not here to get in your way, it is here to protect you, and to protect your target.
Sir, you must act now. You have two men about to embark on a suicide mission. You have number two, four, and five on the President's East Africa kill list in your sights, and you are putting the whole mission at risk because of one collateral damage issue?

Aug 02, 2016

Angela, is it you or me who will be invited onto the Today program to explain why we knew of the attack on a shopping center that killed 80 people, but chose to do nothing to stop it? You, James.
--But frankly, politically, I'd rather point to Al-Shabab as murderers of 80 people shopping than have to defend a drone attack by our forces that
kills an innocent child.
--James, Angela makes a compelling point. If Al-Shabab kill 80 people,
we win the propaganda war. If we kill one child, they do.
Foreign Secretary, it is our task to make the right military decision. We cannot engage in an argument about possible future postings on YouTube.
--With respect, General, revolutions are fueled by postings on YouTube.
What you witnessed today with your coffee and biscuits is terrible. What these men would've done would've been even more terrible. Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.

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Nov 29, 2018

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Oct 10, 2017

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Greg_library Jun 30, 2016

A British anti-terrorist strike force, locating an elusive terrorist cell with an armed drone in a Kenyan village, finds itself in a moral and political dilema as tries to take out the cell and avoid collateral damage to the civilians.


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Jul 22, 2018

Coarse Language: Bad 4 letter words used.

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