EYE RAISES MORAL QUESTIONS
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.