Please don’t think any less of me when I tell you that one of my fave movies of all time is Black Hawk Down.
I can’t even really explain why, because I’m not typically a fan of the shootem up war flick, but I’m fascinated the gritty hopelessness of Black Hawk Down….and I guess by the fact that it’s based on true events.
I went along to see Eye In The Sky in the belief that this would be a similar movie.
And one of the biggest reasons it’s not is that history and technology has moved on.
This is a technological thriller, which although not based on a true story, very well could be.
In this age of connectivity Eye In The Sky is set in Nairobi, London and Nevada all at the same time. We watch a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, they discover the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.”
Eye In The Sky forces us to ask questions about the moral dilemmas of 21st century warfare. Do we treat drone strikes like a video game ? What price an innocent human life in return for a ‘good kill’ ?
What a gem of an actor who, in this movie makes a multi faceted well rounded character out of Lt General Frank Benson where many others would have failed miserably.
Helen Mirren is fierce, but still somehow likeable.
And despite all of this talent, the real star of the show is electronic beetle, a mini drone flown into the ‘safe house’ where the terrorists are meeting in Nairobi to give us live vision of those who wish to do great harm.
One of the things that Eye In The Sky does better than any other movie is to make very clear the contrast between military personnel who want to discharge their duties as efficiently as possible, and their more cautious overseers who calculate the chances that the attacks could spur a diplomatic crisis, or worse.
8 out of 10 from me. I think you’ll love it.