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Eye in the Sky (2015)

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Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.


Gavin Hood


Guy Hibbert
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Faisa Hassan Faisa Hassan ... Fatima Mo'Allim
Aisha Takow ... Alia Mo'Allim
Armaan Haggio Armaan Haggio ... Musa Mo'Allim
Helen Mirren ... Colonel Katherine Powell
Bob Chappell Bob Chappell ... Simon Powell
Alex Gallafent Alex Gallafent ... Reporter
Aaron Paul ... Steve Watts
Babou Ceesay ... Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq
Carl Beukes ... Sergeant Mike Gleeson
Kate Liquorish ... Female Sergeant
Richard Stephenson Richard Stephenson ... Staff Sergeant
Gabriella Pinto Gabriella Pinto ... Female Corporal
Tylan Wray Tylan Wray ... Male Corporal
Hossain Dahir Hossain Dahir ... Driver One
Mondé Sibisi Mondé Sibisi ... Muhammad Abdisalaam


Colonel Katherine Powell (Dame Helen Mirren) is a U.K.-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 Lieutenant Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of U.S. and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Written by Bleecker Street

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The commander is in England. The drone pilot is in America. The terrorist is in Kenya. And the authority to strike is up in the air. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The part of Colonel Katherine Powell was originally written as a male. See more »


In all the views of the machine gun mounted in the back of the pick-up driven by Somali militia, a side view of the weapon shows nothing inside - no bolt, no mechanism, empty. See more »


[first lines]
Alia Mo'Allim: [her father is fixing her hula hoop] It's the best one I've ever had.
Musa Mo'Allim: Yes, my dear. It's finished. Go and play.
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Crazy Credits

Head of Bean Counting - Graeme Law See more »


Featured in Eye in the Sky: Morals (2016) See more »


Nude Dancing
Written by Gabriel Previtera (as G. Previtera) / Paul Hepker (as P. Hepker)
Performed by zelig
Featuring Abashante
Courtesy of kekila music
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User Reviews

Gripping and intense film with plenty of intrigue , tension , suspense , twists and turns
28 June 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Nail-biting , tense and dark anti-war drama with magnificent acting by all-star-cast , acceptable production design and masterfully realized by the always original and professional Gavin Hood . British Army Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) wakes up early in the morning and hears that an undercover British/Kenyan agent has been killed by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. Powell takes command of a mission to capture three of the ten highest-level Al-Shabaab leaders , who are meeting at a safe-house in Nairobi , and a British couple , among them . Soon their crew gets selected to execute a mission from the Army . From Northwood Headquarters-based fighter pilots turned drone pilots control the bloody terrorists by remote control for 12 hours a day . But these drone raids are different than first-person shooter video games , these are lethal machines to kill . Lt Steve Watts (Aaaron Paul) and Carrie Gershon (Phoebe Fox) are flying the U.S. drone the sky above Nairobi , they are who will ultimately pull the trigger . The risked mission feels wrong because the strikes are executed indiscriminately . But the high staff (Jeremy Northam , Alan Rickman , Laila Robins , Iain Glenn , Michael O'Keefe) are biginning to question the mission. And from somewhere in the U.S. Midwest to pull off the deadly execution . Do they carry out the assignment knowing there will be collateral damage? . They are fighting a war without end .If you never face your enemy, how can you face yourself . The commander is in England. The drone pilot is in America. The terrorist is in Kenya. And the authority to strike is up in the air. Welcome to the new front line. The longer you watch, the less clearly you see.

Exciting and enjoyable modern-war drama includes intriguing events , intelligent dialog , brilliant cinematography , appropriate sets and sensational performances .This nail-biting film contains thrills , suspense , intrigue , plot twists , and results a be pretty interesting . It was originally conceived as a tense as well as amazing thriller about the possibility of collateral damage at a case of terrorist slaughter . ¨Eye in the sky¨ bears remarkable resemblance to ¨Good Kill¨ (2014) by Andrew Niccol with Ethan Hawke , January Jones and Bruce Greenwood , dealing with similar issue , but under another view-point. Across the movie results in a long debate among those in charge - in London there is Powell's commanding officer : Helen Mirren , Lt. General Frank Benson: Alan Rickman , a junior minister : Jeremy Northam and the British Attorney General ; the British Foreign Secretary is at a trade conference ; and the U.S. Secretary of State : Michael O'Keefe is in China - on whether they can proceed . All of them begin to question the ethics of this twisted mission , and the executioners also question their job as drone pilots . The premise is the following : if the kill mission is approved to cause an astonishing massacre and even things go wrong when in the "kill zone" happens the sudden appearance of a little girl selling bread . The cast is frankly well , giving nice performances such as : Helen Mirren , Aaron Paul , Alan Rickman , Phoebe Fox , Jeremy Northam , Michael O'Keefe , Laila Robins , Barkhad Abdi and Gavin Hood himself as Lieutenant Colonel Ed Walsh . The motion picture was well directed by Gavin Hood , he is a notorious secondary actor and filmmaker . As a director he has got a great number of hits ; such as : Tsotsi , Rendition , A reasonable man , Ender's Game , Official secrets and X-Men Origins: Wolverine . Rating : 7.5/10 . Above average , well worth seeing .

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Release Date:

1 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Africa


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,803, 13 March 2016

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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