Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren stars in a new thriller/war film by director Gavin Wood (Ender’s Game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Mirren puts on a military outfit and plays the role of Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya by using remote surveillance/drones.
The movie starts with Col Powell (Helen Mirren) starting her day early, waking up just before her morning alarm kicks in. She turns on her computer, and we are all provided with the news and urgent action required for her day.
Of course Col Power isn’t alone- she is required to work and consult with many other characters within the film’s duration including Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) & Drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul from TV Series hit “Breaking Bad”)
Once the story is set up, the film provides excellent amounts of tension that never stops- the plot is a real drawcard. Many of our main characters are required to discuss situations before further action can be conducted. Along with this, they have to deal with administrative and legal protocols, also considering conditions further with higher military leaders.
The mission escalates when a young girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.
Questions are now raised: can this situation now be classed as a “capture” or “kill”? This film keeps you thinking as each new situation is updated. Many twists and turns are taken as the clock Ticks and Tock’s. This can have the audience very tense (maybe even frustrated) throughout the film. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat until the credits started to roll down the screen.
The acting in Eye Of The Sky is superb, particularly from both Helen Miriam and Alan Rickman (who will be deeply missed as this is Alan Rickman’s last performance).
“In war, truth is the first casualty”
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Review Written by Peter Walkden