Sunday, 27 March 2016

EYE IN THE SKY

Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.—IMDB

EYE IN THE SKY is a very contemporary story dealing with drone warfare and the ethical dilemmas that can be faced with this new technology. The story is deeply thought provoking, emotionally powerful, and ethically complex. The acting is excellent, especially by the late Alan Rickman who steals the scenes he is in. The character development is very good and, despite the fact that the story is very serious, there is the occasional humour related to the sometimes (frequent?) farcical behaviour by politicians. The soundtrack is sensitive and unobtrusive. The cinematography is very good, especially the way we watch a large percentage of the events from the point of view of the drone operators. The movie is, perhaps, a touch too slow in places but, overall, the pace is very good with considerable tension and suspense. EYE IN THE SKY is chilling in it’s realism and raises significant ethical questions about this recent form of warfare including the emotional impact on the soldiers who are required to implement it. An intelligent, timely movie.


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