Thursday, May 5, 2016

Eye in the Sky (2015)

Director: Gavin Hood. Cast: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Northam, Barkhad Abdi. 102 min. Rated R. UK. Thriller/War.

Drones. Good Kill started but failed the discussion; now this film has elevated it to a cinematic masterpiece. Narrating a single fictitious drone strike in Kenya but based on real concepts and moral dilemmas, this is a taut "thriller" about people sitting at tables and talking (hard to believe?), and the vast complexities of their enormously consequential decisions - making you hope there's always some very skilled and intelligent people calling the shots. When the movie was over, I sat in the dark thinking: do as Spock once said, the needs of the many, truly outweigh the needs of the few?

PS: Alan Rickman, we genuinely miss you.

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