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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.

Director:

Gavin Hood

Writer:

Guy Hibbert
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3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Faisa Hassan Faisa Hassan ... Fatima Mo'Allim
Aisha Takow 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
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Storyline

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 (Aaron Paul) 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. Written by Bleecker Street

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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

Somali | English

Release Date:

1 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemigo invisible See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,803, 13 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,700,837, 17 July 2016
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Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Gavin Hood, also plays the role of Lieutenant Colonel Ed Walsh. See more »

Goofs

Kenya's gun laws prevent ownership of even toy guns; an exception being if one's home has been broken into repeatedly, in which case a shotgun is permitted (after a rigorous approval process). The notion that people would be standing guard with a gun (much less driving around with a mounted machine gun) is nonsense, and this takes place only a few miles from downtown. See more »

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James Willett: Revolutions are fueled by postings on YouTube.
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Head Bean Counter - Graeme Law See more »

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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Die Hard (2015) See more »

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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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One of the best movies of the year, I highly recommend this. Makes you think, feel and debate. That's the sign of quality.
27 June 2016 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"If Al-Shabab kill 80 people we win the propaganda war. If we kill one they do." Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren) has been tracking a terrorist cell for years and finally has found her chance to capture them. After the discover 2 suicide vests in the house the mission changes from capture to kill. Drone pilot Steve Watts (Paul) is about to fire when he sees a young girl in the kill zone. He refuses to fire unless the can assure her safety. This sets off an international dispute as to what to do. This is a great movie. Unbelievably tense and really makes you think and wonder what is the right thing to do. This movie does a really fantastic job of giving two convincing sides of the argument and you really aren't sure what is the right answer. In that sense the movie has to be incredibly realistic. Up until the very end you aren't sure how the movie is going to end up, and that really adds to the tension and the quality of the movie. This is one of those movies that you just want to tell everyone about and make them watch it. Overall, one of the best movies of the year, I highly recommend this. Makes you think, feel and debate. That's the sign of a quality piece of work. I give this an A.


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