AN EYE ON MORAL­ITY

Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

Gavin Hood He­len Mir­ren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rick­man Ju­lian Wright March 24 MORAL­ITY plays a ma­jor part in 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 in a row, Pow­ell is ready to strike, but a young girl sets up shop to sell bread on the street-side just 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 de­ci­sion­mak­ing as Pow­ell’s pa­tience wanes.

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

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; there is no showy cam­era work or flashy spe­cial ef­fects and his cast are ad­mirably re­trained.

An­other plus is that a woman is the head of this op­er­a­tion and there­fore leads the film, 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 con­cluded.

EYE IN THE SKY (M) Di­rected by: Star­ring: Re­view by: In cin­e­mas: He­len Mir­ren in EyeintheSk­y.

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