Eye in the Sky (2016) Review


Star-studded Eye in the Sky is all about military dilemmas. Some of America’s ‘Most Wanted’ are tracked down with the aim of capture rather than kill. As circumstances become more complicated, capture is no longer an option and the film flicks between the military members involved in making a tough decision as to whether or not drone missiles should be fired at the targets. It’s not so much of a thriller in terms of action and explosions, but a thriller in terms of the clock ticking and the desperation for decisions. Safe to say I wasn’t expecting Eye in the Sky to get my heart pounding so much…

In the first five minutes of the film we have already been introduced to multiple locations and multiple characters, making it obvious that this is not going to be a simple, straight-forward decision making task. Particularly grasping is the character of drone pilot, Steve Watts, played by Aaron Paul – he’s the one that will be pulling the trigger if military officials decide to go through with the strike and therefore has probably the greatest potential emotional consequences. Aaron Paul gives a fantastic performance that is more what we would expect from him, certainly significantly better than some of the recent filmography he has been involved in. The cast in general is superb, with Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman both proving why it is that they’re thought of as some of the best actors in recent years. This is a film that could so easily be ruined by weak acting that creates an almost artificial feeling of tension, but this is certainly not the case; by delving into the minds of so many characters, Eye in the Sky almost feels like a true story, making it incredibly difficult to avoid tears slipping out come the end of the film.

Granted, there’s nothing ground-breaking about Eye in the Sky, but to call it a modern-day  Dr Strangelove would be a compliment it definitely deserves. We’re forced to question our morals almost every second of the film and I would certainly say that most people would be questioning their morals for a few days after, too. This is a fine example of how to tell a simple story whilst making it incredibly exciting. I think that a lot of people could learn a lot from watching this film, sometimes it’s a good idea to question the things we don’t really want to question, and Eye in the Sky makes us do that in an incredibly thrilling and heart-wrenching way.

Eye in the Sky is out now. 


About aliceohare98

19 Film student at the University of Southampton and aspiring film journalist Lover of all things Ryan Gosling, science-fiction and Pixar
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