Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Eye In The Sky Film Review

I saw Eye In The Sky last week with Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul and Barkhad Abdi. Who was impressive in Captain Phillips. The film was produced by Colin Firth.

I thought the idea was very clever. You can see from the poster the synopsis.

The military wanted to take out terrorists cells operating in Nairobi. Including two British and an American. The British woman having converted to Islam. They were the top 2, 3 and 4 marks on the Kill List.

But I found the politicians frustrating in London. Unable to make a decision they constantly sat on their hands. Oh she's a UK citizen we cannot kill her. Allowing valuable time to slip away. The Northwood base legal representative was equally as frustrating.

While in the US the politicians response was; 2, 3 and 4 on the Kill List? Take them Out. US citizen? He gave up his US citizenship when he became a terrorist. Take Him Out.

Aaron Paul was the soldier with his finger on the trigger and Barkhad Abdi the operative in the middle of the mess.

Through the wreckage (not the film) the result was achieved. And Alan Rickman's pithy response to a politician saying the event had been a disgrace. ‘Never tell a soldier that he doesn’t know the cost of war.’

Although I didn't find that I was digging my nails into the chair armrests like in Argo, I thought the film was an interesting look at war from all angles. The military who want to get the job done. The politicians who are worried about how their actions will look in the media and on Facebook. And the legality of their actions.

And of course the actions and resulting casualties in the theatre of war itself.

As an ensemble piece the film directed by Gavin Hood was terrific.

My only criticism was that Helen Mirren would not have driven home wearing her military uniform so conspicuously. But I know that was just the filming.

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