Eye in the Sky [DVD] [2015]

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  • Release Date: 06/28/2016
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (135 out of 143)

Special Features


  • Morals - exploring the deeper questions raised in the film.
  • Perspectives - examining the ethical conflicts of drone warfare.

Synopsis


Eye in the Sky
A British colonel (Helen Mirren) requests a drone strike to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi who are planning a series of suicide bombings. However, the situation grows more complicated when an American drone pilot (Aaron Paul) discovers that a nine-year-old girl has entered the targeted area, forcing a number of military leaders and politicians to debate the best course of action. Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, and Iain Glen co-star in this modern war drama directed by Gavin Hood, which made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Helen Mirren
    Helen Mirren - Col. Katherine Powell
  • Aaron Paul
    Aaron Paul - Steve Watts
  • Alan Rickman
    Alan Rickman - Lt. Gen. Frank Benson
  • Barkhad Abdi
    Barkhad Abdi - Jama Farah
  • Jeremy Northam
    Jeremy Northam - Brian Woodale



Overall customer rating

4.5
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great film that makes you think...

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    exyle
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    Last year I watched the movie "Good Kill" which was another really film about the harsh realities of "Drone Warfare", so when I saw the trailer for this film, I picked it up as soon as it came out. I must say I wasn't disappointed. The film takes the view behind the scenes of what can potentially happen on a drone operation when someone is ordered to pull the trigger and end lives thousands of miles away, which all feels like surreal, nightmarish video game, particularly when innocents enter the area of operations and a choice has to be made about whether or not their lives can simply be chalked up as "collateral damage" for the greater good of bringing down terrorists planning a bombing. Like Good Kill, this film excels at making you feel the anxiety of the drone pilot as they are torn between following a direct order which may haunt them for the rest of their lives, or possibly having their careers ended for questioning the directive. The other thing I really liked about this film is that it doesn't present a clear cut opinion of what was right or wrong in the events that ultimately unfold. Instead, it presents the viewer with a scenario, that quite honestly you could ponder for days and still be unsure of your opinion on, and leaves you to decide for yourself if what happened was the right call. I think even beyond that, it makes the viewer aware that this type of thing is probably happening on a fairly regular basis and has effectively created a whole new breed of controversy from the use of weaponized drones. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A look at the morality of drone warfare.

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    moviefanforever
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    This is an examination of the processes that go into deciding to use drone attacks against terrorists. What we see is terrorists being destroyed along with the innocent. We also see the emotional harm such attacks do on the low level soldiers who have to execute the commands of the higher ups. If this movie has a theme it's that there are no winners in drone warfare and no clear good and bad guys.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average movie, nothing to write home about

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    Quique
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    Good plot, great cast, bland dialogue, average directing, played out as a low budget film at times, overall an often boring film I expected so much more from the film, given the caliber of the cast, but the film never delivered on its promise..The type of film that would cause you to drop the bucket of popcorn on the floor out of boredom..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie!

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    enzso
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    What a challenging and gripping story! The politics, the ethics, the debates, the dissentions of war and killing at a distance and remotely were all so well integrated into this movie. This discussion will continue into the future. It shows that the stresses and traumas of warfare are present even though the combatants are never face-to-face.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Amazing Helen Mirren Movie

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    tutorman
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    I love Helen Mirren and she certainly did not disappoint in this fast moving and dramatic movie. I missed her comedic banter but she was certainly a central figure that challenged you throughout the movie. The foreign policy interplay with military interests were timely and well written as well as well acted. Watch it !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Interesting concept

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    Drae
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    The relationship between British and American political officials and the military seemed inconsiderate of the military situation and strategy. Because civilians in these countries are safe, their outlook on war torn populations seems passé. I did like the tools they used for discovery of terrorists and war leaders.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wanted Movie with Helen Mirren

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    hosro
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    The topic was current. I liked two of the English actors Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman in his last role. I was somewhat disappointed in Ms. Mirren's role and the tempo of the story, but considering the complexity of the political approvals thrown up by weak willed politicians rolling the can it was ok.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great flick about the pros & cons of drone warfare

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    FastEddie
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    An important drama about the sad state of terrorists willing to wreck havoc through countries around the world. Illustrates the moral arguments of Reaper remote warfare. Is the risk of killing/maiming innocents outweigh the intent of terrorists wearing bomb vests to create greater casualties?

    I would recommend this to a friend


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