Eye in the Sky (2015)

eye-in-the-sky-poster-lg“Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war. ” – Frank Benson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jun 2016)

Brief Synopsis – As an international group of peacekeepers try to capture wanted terrorists, their situation keep changing as new information keeps coming out during the mission.

My Take on it – I heard about this movie months ago after the untimely passing of actor Alan Rickman because this was his final role.

I didn’t know much about it and was happy with things that way because it would help me keep things as spoiler free as possible (which is how I prefer to watch movies for the first time).

This movie tales the idea of the complexity of democracies carry out missions against wanted terrorists because we must follow rules unlike our enemies.

We get to see the number of entities (and people) involved in each and every step of the decision making process and it’s easy to see the stress that each of the levels carry with them when making these kind of difficult decisions weighing safety of innocents against the stopping of terrorists trying to cause havoc in our world.

This movie has an amazing cast and most of them only interact with teleconferencing which helps with the believability and credibility of the scenario described here.

Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul and Barkhad Abdi are all superb at showing the emotions and weight of the situation hanging over each of their characters.  We also get some nice cameo roles from some unexpected places.  Rickman gives a great performance here because we can see how much weight his character carries on his shoulders just by his seemingly normal actions in non-pivotal scenes.

The tension is built up nicely throughout that we stayed glued to our seats wanting to watch and see what will happen just as much as the characters themselves should be feeling in situations like this.

While not perfect, this movie is made quite well and should be studied to try and find better ways to rid our world of terrorists.

Bottom Line – Takes a great idea and expands on it so well trying to show how complex the world is even when dealing with criminals and terrorists.  Excellent cast helps make this feel even more credible than it probably should. Perfectly captures the tension of certain situations and relays it to the audience in a way that we stay glued to our seats as things unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When asked at a screening of Eye in the Sky (2015) about working with Alan Rickman in the actor’s final film role, Hood revealed that Rickman stayed on set for three or four days after shooting wrapped to attend the wrap party and individually thank the film crew for its dedication.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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