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Eye in the Sky (2015)

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Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

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Gavin Hood

Writer:

Guy Hibbert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Faisa Hassan Faisa Hassan ... Fatima Mo'Allim
Aisha Takow Aisha Takow ... Alia Mo'Allim
Armaan Haggio Armaan Haggio ... Musa Mo'Allim
Helen Mirren ... Colonel Katherine Powell
Bob Chappell Bob Chappell ... Simon Powell
Alex Gallafent Alex Gallafent ... Reporter
Aaron Paul ... Steve Watts
Babou Ceesay ... Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq
Carl Beukes ... Sergeant Mike Gleeson
Kate Liquorish ... Female Sergeant
Richard Stephenson Richard Stephenson ... Staff Sergeant
Gabriella Pinto ... Female Corporal
Tylan Wray Tylan Wray ... Male Corporal
Hossain Dahir Hossain Dahir ... Driver One
Mondé Sibisi Mondé Sibisi ... Muhammad Abdisalaam
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Storyline

Colonel Katherine Powell (Dame Helen Mirren) is a U.K.-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill". But as American pilot Lieutenant Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of U.S. and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Written by Bleecker Street

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The commander is in England. The drone pilot is in America. The terrorist is in Kenya. And the authority to strike is up in the air. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | Somali

Release Date:

1 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eye in the Sky See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,803, 13 March 2016

Gross USA:

$18,704,595

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,259,653
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sergeant Sadiq, the NCO assessing collateral damage, wears a Royal Artillery Tac Flash (red and blue) on his right sleeve which is correct and in keeping with the Artillery's role for the British Army's Drone surveillance aircraft. He would not normally be allowed to wear a beard, however, except for religious reasons or because of a medical condition. See more »

Goofs

Although high-flying cameras can pan, tilt, & zoom; and they're stabilized; and they have very high resolution - they still suffer from poor detail due to atmospheric conditions like dust, clouds, and temperature differences in the air which make long shots (like 20,000 feet) fuzzier than shown. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alia Mo'Allim: [her father is fixing her hula hoop] It's the best one I've ever had.
Musa Mo'Allim: Yes, my dear. It's finished. Go and play.
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Head Bean Counter - Graeme Law See more »

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Featured in Eye in the Sky: Perspectives (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Nude Dancing
Written by Gabriel Previtera (as G. Previtera) / Paul Hepker (as P. Hepker)
Performed by zelig
Featuring Abashante
Courtesy of kekila music
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Engaging, effective, and surprisingly heartfelt.
15 June 2016 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

It surprised me quite a bit. Political war thrillers have been so overdone, but this one really managed to work by narrowing its scope. With films like this, and real-life disasters that kill dozens of people, it's easy to overlook the importance of every single human life. This film is aiming to remind us of just how significant, and atrocious, times of war are, and rightly so, the film does not come with any easy answers. I loved how the film was completely focused on one single event, and while I can see how some might think it was stretched out too much, I felt like moral and emotional weight of the situation on all of these characters called for it. Maybe I would say that the film gets a bit too sentimental at times (we don't need to be reminded with the many shots of the characters' faces or the music), but for the most part it really works. And oh Aaron Paul, you're just the perfect actor to play characters who are trying to help children.


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