I’d like to begin this review by saying that these are my thoughts and opinions on the military, and politics related to military which are solely my own and not a reflection of MovieFloss or their opinions as a company.
Alright with that out of the way, Eye in the Sky is not a “HOO-RAH” let’s sign up for the military film and THANK GOD that it isn’t. I’m sorry to all my military friends and family members even co-workers, but I’m so sick of these military movies glorifying the combatant. American Sniper being the most recent in memory and by far the most recent to make me throw up in my mouth with all the patriotic song and dance. Don’t get me wrong a lot of these films do show a multiple-sided view of military life, for a lot of the positive and ad-campaign-esque type of film that they create they also create these very dark moments opening up the conversation about PTSD, physically wounded veterans, survivors guilt and more. What Eye in the Sky does is similar but instead focuses on the decisions no one I know of wants to make. It’s too easy to say these decisions are left to the professionals because what this film will very quickly show you is that no one in the military wants to make these calls but they know they have to whether it be for the nations safety or the safety of the people around their target.
In Eye in the Sky we are at the helm of a slowly sinking ship not literally but figuratively, a 6 year long surveillance project is finally coming to a climax and Colonel Katherine Powell (Dame Helen Mirren) is the woman in charge of seeing a capture mission through to accomplishment. Of course as I said before the ship is sinking which means s#!t hits the fan. What started as a capture mission quickly escalates into a strategic assassination of 3 of the Top 5 of the most wanted criminals in East Africa. Powell in collaboration with the US Air Force is awaiting the go-ahead on a Hellfire missile strike from an un-manned drone controlled by Lieutenant Steven Watts (Aaron Paul). What I appreciated about this movie is at no point do you think well this is the easy answer just do this and that will resolve the problem. Instead you are in just as much of a conflict as everyone else on screen including Alan Rickman who is the slightly comedic but poignant Lt. General of the British Military, left to convince his room of higher ups on what is the next best strategic move.
I really don’t want to continue to dive into the plot but I’ll pretty much surmise this with these words 12 Angry Men. Hopefully that helps you, if not you will just have to go see this movie. Now as I stated earlier I do not think that this movie will have you feeling the warm and fuzzies toward the US Military or really any military for that matter as it is meant to show the hard decisions made on a day to day basis by people who get paid to make those decisions and not you or I. There is a reason why they make these decisions and we don’t, I did not sign up for military service therefore I have no decision in what they do, I do however vote for my political offices which in this election year is probably the most important vote of my adult life. Which is why I implore you Flossers to READ UP on the FACTS and OPINIONS of the issues our world is facing and do not make your decision lightly.
Sorry, sorry I realize this is a movie review and not a political opinion piece. Overall the plot of the story is very interesting you are consistently curious to what decision will come next, you get a bit of insight in the weird bureaucracy of military politics and you even see some funny sides to the whole process. The acting in this film relied heavily on realistically 4 people: Dame Helen Mirren, Barked Abdi (Captain Phillips), Aaron Paul, and Aisha Takow. Abdi as you may recognize was the captain once as he previously portrayed a Somali pirate and in this film instead a military agent, I was excited to see his character and him in something outside of a villainous role. Aaron Paul is steadfast as Steve Watts pilot of the Drone and operator of the hellfire missiles aboard, his character is believable and decisive. Aisha Takow as you may have seen in the trailer above is the young girl who is caught in the crosshairs of this operation, although she is only a young girl playing a young girl I appreciated her under-acting. As I’ve said in previous reviews with child-actors there is usually a tendency for children to over-act or even be overly dramatic while losing the overall purpose of the role and Aisha does not do that at all which I appreciated.
Cinematography wise, you feel caulstrophobic in scenes with Aaron Paul realizing he and his partner are sitting in barely 4×16 box in the middle of the desert, with Helen Mirren you feel in control and domineering, and with Abdi and Takow there is a sense of chaos, fear, and yet familiarity and charm.
As a basic summation I will say this, I do not envy military personnel at all, but I also will not undermine what they have chosen as their profession by saying that what they do isn’t important or doesn’t deserve high praise, it definitely does. The most poignant line in the film is delivered by Alan Rickman and you will know it when you hear it but it definitely sobers up your audience to realize that these decisions in these rooms with people who all have their own lives to return to are made every day and sometimes they are made easily while others are made much more difficult.
|Eye in the Sky|
|Genre:||Suspense, Drama, War|
|Release Date:||March 11, 2016|