Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

MORAL­ITY plays a ma­jor part of this ter­ror­ist hunt that asks the ques­tion: Is the life of one in­no­cent worth tak­ing to save pos­si­bly 80 more?

Af­ter six years on the trail of a key group of ter­ror­ists, Colonel Kather­ine Pow­ell (He­len Mir­ren) and her team track them down to a house in Kenya.

With an Amer­i­can drone team in place and eyes on the tar­get and all their ducks aligned, Pow­ell is ready to strike, but a young girl sets up shop to sell bread on the streetjust out­side the house.

With this com­pli­ca­tion, Bri­tish politi­cians go back and forth weigh­ing the le­gal and political im­pli­ca­tions of the po­ten­tial col­lat­eral dam­age. As time ticks on and the ter­ror­ists suit up with a vest full of ex­plo­sives for a pos­si­ble sui­cide at­tack, the politi­cians palm off the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion-mak­ing as Pow­ell’s pa­tience wanes.

Max­i­mum sus­pense is milked from the sce­nario, but it feels just a lit­tle too scripted and ma­nip­u­la­tive at times.

It is a sit­u­a­tion per­fectly cre­ated and struc­tured for dra­matic ef­fect and it is dis­turb­ing that the life of a young in­no­cent is in the hands of a group of western bu­reau­crats, but there are so many set­backs in this mis­sion that it bor­ders on silly.

Di­rec­tor Gavin Hood is to be praised for telling the story with­out the­atrics.

An­other plus is a woman as the head of this op­er­a­tion, yet gen­der is not made an is­sue here.

Eye in the Sky is a rare thriller that not only con­sis­tently has you on the edge of your seat, but ac­tu­ally gives you some­thing to think about once it has fin­ished.

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