• Synopsis
  • Reviews
  • Awards
  • Credits
  • Synopsis

    Colonel Katherine Powell is a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya.

    Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

    Photographs: © Casey Crawford

  • Reviews

    Another premiere Friday night was the intense and absolutely fascinating new drone drama, Eye In The Sky, a different kind of war film that examines the costs of cyber warfare in this new age of battle. It is the rare war picture that deals with the morality in the acceptance of collateral damage in exchange for the opportunity to take some “most wanted” off your to do-in list. Helen Mirren is superb as a no-nonsense colonel in London running a top secret drone operation that quickly escalates from a ‘capture’ mission to one where several could be killed including an innocent little girl selling bread right outside the targeted compound which is housing a couple of suicide bombers. Aaron Paul is the American drone pilot who seriously questions what they are doing. Alan Rickman and a great supporting cast including Barkhad Abdi are all excellent. This one is from Gavin Hood, an Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film for Tsotsi, and proves he has a hell of a directorial talent by really building almost unbearable suspense as this story plays out. What a movie.

    Deadline, Pete Hammond

    The messy complexities of drone warfare trigger command decisions, moral crises, collateral damage and cover-your-backside buck passing in “Eye in the Sky,” a rivetingly suspenseful drama that deftly intertwines elements of ticking-clock thriller and tragic farce. Director Gavin Hood and scripter Guy Hibbert (“Five Minutes of Heaven”) resist giving their material the extra push that might have transformed the movie into a flat-out black comedy. But much like “Dr. Strangelove,” the Stanley Kubrick classic it often recalls, this teasingly hard-to-label war story has more than a fair share of scenes that generate explosive laughter — until the laughter catches in your throat. Steely-eyed Col. Katherine Powell (a fiercely persuasive Helen Mirren) oversees Egret, a meticulously planned operation aimed at capturing a radicalized young Englishwoman who has joined Al-Shabaab terrorists for a conference in a quiet corner of a densely populated Nairobi neighborhood. When high-tech surveillance reveals that the wayward Brit, a similarly radicalized U.S. national, and their Al-Shabaab allies are readying suicide-bomb attacks, Col. Powell thinks the objective should be changed from “capture” to “kill.” Lt. Gen. Frank Benson (Alan Rickman), her superior, readily agrees that requesting a missile assault by a U.S. military drone is the correct course of action. Trouble is, while Powell impatiently awaits final approval in her war room, Benson is quite literally surrounded by second-guessing politicos who fret over legal repercussions — and, more important, public reactions. Here and there throughout “Eye in the Sky,” Hood and Hibbert sprinkle humanizing character quirks — Benson worries about buying the right doll for his child; the U.K. foreign secretary (a fine seriocomic turn by Iain Glen) is impeded by a bout of food poisoning — to counterbalance the ever-increasing suspense with comic relief. But the humor is far subtler, and much darker, during stretches when the movie is deadly serious. The ensemble cast is exceptional across the board. Purely on the level of a crackerjack political thriller, “Eye on the Sky” is hugely entertaining, with razor-sharp editing by Megan Gill


    A hell of a nail-biter.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A tense, morally complex and extremely prescient thriller.

    The Times

    Impressively performed and briskly efficient. Seat-edge suspense.

    The Guardian

    A terrific drama ensues, the military pressing for immediate action, the lawyers debating, the politicians (Iain Glen plays the Foreign Secretary) endlessly referring the decision upwards. Far from suggesting drones are being irresponsibly used, this thriller makes the ordering of a strike into a matter of tormented conscience. Brilliantly shot and edited, with another great performance by Barkhad Abdi as a pro-Western Somali agent on the ground, Eye in the Sky is compelling.

    The Evening Standard, David Sexton

  • Awards

    Evening Standard Film Awards 2017

    • Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2018: Nominated for Best Single Drama/Mini-Series

    London Critics Circle Film Awards 2017

    • Nominated Breakthrough British Filmmaker – Guy Hibbert

    Writer’s Guild of Great Britain 2017

    • Won Best Screenplay – Guy Hibbert

    National Board of Review USA 2016

    • Won Top 10 Independent Films
  • Credits

    Helen Mirren
    Colonel Katherine Powell
    Aaron Paul
    Steve Watts
    Alan Rickman
    Lieutenant General Frank Benson
    Iain Glen
    Foreign Secretary James Willett
    Barkhad Abdi
    Jama Farah
    Jeremy Northam
    Brian Woodale
    Phoebe Fox
    Carrie Gershon
    Kim Engelbrecht
    Lucy Galvez
    Meganne Young
    Carl Beukes
    Sergeant Mike Gleeson
    Monica Dolan
    Angela North
    James Alexander
    Image Analyst
    Armand Aucamp
    Babou Ceesay
    Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq
    Francis Chouler
    Jack Cleary
    Kenneth Fok
    Chris Lee
    Daniel Fox
    Tom Bellamy
    John Heffernan
    Major Harold Webb
    Graham Hopkins
    Nigel Adler
    Jessica Jones
    Kate Barnes
    Tyrone Keogh
    Lex King
    Susan Helen Danford
    Kate Liquorish
    Female Corporal
    Richard McCabe
    Attorney General George Matherson
    Zak Rowlands
    Karl Moore
    Mondé Sibisi
    Muhammad Abdisalaa



A fine seriocomic turn by Iain Glen