Plot and Script
Eye in the sky is a British thriller about military personnel facing all kinds of dilemmas trying to take out global terrorists. It is basically just a long scene but is filled with sub-plots and turns that keep you glued through the entire movie.
Hellen Mirren as the colonel in charge of taking out three global terrorists who have been followed for six years, must make tough choices amidst bureaucracy, morality, ethics and ambition.
Do you kill one innocent to save hundred other people? Do you care for the basic rights of terrorists or you believe the world is a better place without them? What happens when red tape and lack of decision making and ownership just keep derailing you from the mission?
The plot is just so interesting and the script is absolutely tight. The screenplay and editing was spot on – it didn’t feel any shot was out of place or extra.
Characterization and Acting (C&A)
Hellen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman shine as do the the others. May Alan Rickman RIP as even in this movie, which was one of his last two movie before he passed away, he shows how great an actor he was – the dry sarcasm and urgency he brings to the role is just great.
But the little girl, Aisha Takow who is in the middle of the moral and ethical dilemma stole my heart. I cried for her and millions of other little girls who get killed, raped, murdered for no fault of theirs in an act of terrorism or counter-terrorism. The scene where the drone captures her hula-hooping is just so brilliant and so real, you can see her dreams and her innocence and the dread that something bad is going to happen to her. She is just a real character!
Sounds and Effects (S&E)
The background score is mysterious and keeps the audience on the edge. There isn’t much else in terms of effects other than the drone but the whole market place and cross-sounds in the scenes made so much sense. Like I said, it was a great story and the sounds fit in perfectly.
Cinematography and Visuals (C&V)
The movie plays out in different rooms and one place in Kenya – the setting in the rooms from where the operation is being conducted and the conference room from where decisions are being made looks spot-on. The market place where the terrorists are gathered is great too. This is one of those movies where you don’t need fancy sets to make a point, just some real looking sets and great acting.
Direction and Overall (D &O)
Gavin Hood made a compelling case for the movie with his direction and taut screenplay by Guy Hibbert. This movie was right in so many aspects – the actors were made to do a fine job, the music was interesting, and the story was just phenomenal. It was cerebral in a way most movies are not – you often would put yourself in various characters’s shoes and ask yourself – what would I have done?
So here are my scores:
Plot and Script (P&S)- 2.0
Characterization and Acting (C&A) – 2.0
Sounds and Effects (S&E) – 1.5
Cinematography and Visuals (C&V) – 1.5
Direction and Overall (D &O) – 2.0
Overall Score – 8.0 out of 10
One of the better movies I have seen this year, albeit on TV.
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