EYE IN THE SKY
Language: English, Somali
Running Time: 102min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Marquee Series
The responsibility to protect citizens from terror, combined with the pursuit of acting lawfully and morally, is a delicate balance that political, military and intelligence leaders struggle to realize on a daily basis. It is this struggle that Gavin Hood explores in this smart, gripping new thriller.
A British citizen has joined the Somali terrorist group Al Shabab. From a high-tech control room, Col. Katherine Powell (Oscar-winner Helen Mirren) guides field operative Jama (Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi of Captain Phillips) to gather intel that will enable capture and arrest. When Jama reports the high probability of an imminent suicide bombing, Powell confers with her immediate superior, Lt. Gen. Benson (the late, great Alan Rickman, in his final on-screen role), whose approval she requires to strike—and whose duty it is to determine if the inevitable civilian casualties constitute acceptable collateral damage. It says much about the complexity of Eye in the Sky that this fraught dilemma is not even the central tension of the film.
Hood, who won South Africa its first Oscar for Tsotsi, is alive to the foibles and absurdities of human error at all levels, as Benson himself solicits approval from politicians on both the British and American sides. Where Benson finds these individuals, and in what condition, is a sobering comment on the limits of control. – Jaie Laplante
PRECEDED BY A CONVERSATION WITH GAVIN HOOD
This film is also part of the Knight Competition.
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Director: Gavin Hood
Producer: Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, David Lancaster
Screenwriter: Guy Hibbert
Music: Paul Hepker, Mark Kilian
Cinematographer: Haris Zambarloukos
Editor: Megan Gill