★★★★ – “A thriller that thrives in tension.”
Eye in the Sky is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi.
Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, discovers a complication through surveillance and intel that forces an international dispute in order to avoid collateral damage.
Eye in the Sky is a vast look into how traumatic and extremely tough it is to work as a drone pilot in the military. Aaron Paul portrays his character wonderfully, and truly breaks from his most popular and beloved character from Breaking Bad with ease. Helen Mirren is brilliant as Powell and clicks perfectly with the story and the cast. Barkhad Abdi isn’t a terrifying Somali pirate in this movie, he’s actually on the “good side” here as Jama Farah who works for the Kenyan military and works on the ground getting important intel that’s absolutely vital for the mission. Another realistic performance by another great newcomer. Alan Rickman shares with us his last chance to shine on the big screen and he does so with an impeccable charm and dignity. We have lost a magnificent actor and this serves as a nice send-off.
The story and screenplay is fast-paced and heartfelt, with the tension forever rising sky high as the mission twists and turns until the very last couple of minutes. It’s no action movie, instead it deals with the excruciating struggle that our characters go through, with huge scenes of dialogue that never feel separated or disjointed with any previous scene. Imagine Captain Phillips and Sicario, but in the sky.
The cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos is subtle and smart with some stunning shots that are weaved into the story throughout the running-length. The sound design was also carefully thought-through and sat perfectly in between the music and dialogue. The usual explosions are often cut short to leave you in silence as you witness the aftermath unfold.
Music by Paul Hepker & Mark Kilian is dark, gritty and tense yet so beautiful when the time is right. It’s simple in style, yet complex in the detail and sound design, bringing a great experience with or without the picture.
My verdict; Eye in the Sky is a movie that must be seen by everyone, especially in cinemas so there are absolutely no distractions. This is one of the best modern warfare movies to date, and I’m sure most will agree with me when I say it’s a thriller that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Eye in the Sky – ★★★★ (8/10)