EYE IN THE SKY REVIEWED
“Eye in the Sky” is super interested in making the audience part of the drone kill process. While “Good Kill” went with a traditional narrative earlier in the year, “Eye in the Sky” tries to be different. Does it always work? Not quite. Especially when you realize that the entire film is two hours of waiting on a person to be given permission to pull a trigger. What might work for an hourly TV drama feels overdrawn in a film.
Barkhad Abdi gets the token role of featured local, but the guy is starting to become a personal favorite. Somewhere between “Captain Phillips”, “The Brothers Grimsby” and “Eye in the Sky”, I now want Abdi to appear in every movie. He adds a level of ambiguity to what could’ve been a straight political thriller. Plus, it feels far less trite than watching Aaron Paul cry over the need to kill a preteen girl to eliminate some terrorists. That might sound cool, but that’s where the film takes us.
Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman bring their A-game. I find it sad that this is the film that Rickman goes out on, as I’m not even going to acknowledge the Wonderland sequel at this point. But, what are you going to do? Pick it up as a fine counterpoint to the upcoming July 4th festivities.
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track