Holding back his tears and with a lump in his throat, the great Alan Rickman says “Never tell a soldier what a war costs”. And that is what ‘Eye In The Sky’ is about. Read on to find out what makes this movie a gripping one…
Star Cast: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Iain Glen, Barkhad Abdi, Phoebe Fox and Aisha Takow
Director: Gavin Hood
Producer: Ged Doherty, Colin Firth and David Lancaster
Screenplay: Guy Hibbert
Claps For: Performances, Direction and Editing
Slaps For: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Only if the movie allows you to get up from your seat!
What’s New: A film that gives out the message that war is not good for humankind, without showing war.
Story: The commander is in England. The drone pilot is in America. The terrorist is in Kenya. The authority is to strike. But the only person coming between pulling the trigger to bomb the house and letting the terrorists get out of the house is an innocent little girl who has her bread shop set right next to the boundary of the house.
Performances:The movie is yet another proof to what a great talent we all have lost- Late Alan Rickman. Without taking any sides, he comes across as the most balanced person in the movie who knows what decisions to take, when to take and what to do. While he does have his little funny moments, he will move you to tears with his little emotional dialogue towards the end of the movie.
Helen Mirren will mesmerize with her performance as the strong military intelligence officer leading the mission, who knows that she needs to get the terrorists she has been tapping since the past 6 years- no matter what the cost. Right from sorrow, to ambition and anger- she had her face speaking louder than her words.
Aisha Takow is a treat to watch as the sweet little girl. There are times when you just want her to get out of that place and go back home before it gets too late. Kudos to the director for capturing her innocence so perfectly.
And then, there is my personal favorite Aaron Paul. He never fails to surprise with his performances. He lets his eyes and the tone of his voice express for himself throughout the movie. Indeed a delight to watch him in a matured avatar!
All the others have done a wonderful job too- right from Iain Glen and other British officials to Phoebe Fox and the undercover agent in Kenya played by Barkhad Abdi.
Direction: ‘Eye In The Sky’ is a gripping drama that will just not let you blink your eyes and will leave you with tears towards the end; and the reason for that is its terrific screenplay, editing and direction. From one camera angle to another, from one location to another the movie keeps up with its pace and continues to amaze with its little comic elements even during serious scenes.
The movie will leave you questioning what would have been the right choice- attacking the terrorists and injuring the little girl; or letting her live and allowing the terrorists to kill several others. And in the end, you get your answer but you understand that War is not good. Yes, it gives out that message without showing real war, without showing armies fighting with each other but just by asking question- when to attack.
Combo-On-Offer: Thriller + Drama + Emotional
Verdict: We give the movie THUNDEROUS CLAPS for being a wonderfully executed and gripping flick filled with brilliant performances.
NOTE: I do not know whether this was how it was meant to be or was there a fault during the screening but there were scenes in the movie where the Kenyans are talking to each other but there was no subtitle. And trust me, not once did I feel the need of subtitles. That’s the magic of perfect direction and splendid performances- to understand everything happening and every action even if it is not accompanied by subtitles.