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300 Ratings

Eye in the Sky

Directed by Gavin Hood
United Kingdom, 2015
Drama, Thriller, War


A thriller set in the world of remotely piloted aircraft warfare.

Eye in the Sky Directed by Gavin Hood

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

2016 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Films

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2017 | Nominee: Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year

It might’ve worked better as a one-hour TV play; as the plot stretches out and the buck is repeatedly passed, you may find yourself actively longing for the drone to strike already – but maybe that’s not really a problem, making us feel the visceral attraction of violence as a quick solution to a Gordian knot. Flaws and all, the film is valuable. When historians of the future try to make sense of our early-21st-century moment, this thoughtful, fair-minded drama will be on the viewing list.
August 15, 2016
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The film inverts [Joseph] Conrad’s formula. It asks what we would do if we knew everything. In a taut 102 minutes, the film condenses the ambiguities of drone warfare into a balance sheet of nigh certainties… Director Gavin Hood has deftly fashioned a film that will most likely mirror back to you whatever judgment you came in with about drones or ticking time-bomb scenarios.
May 04, 2016
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Unlike the delirious narratives of 24, Hood’s film forgoes hyperbole in its exacting dissection of an unfolding crisis scenario and the moral hand-wringing that it elicits. Although not overly nuanced, it’s certainly more assured and less heavy-handed than the director’s previous look at controversial foreign policy, Rendition. There’s also, in Hibbert’s deft script, a disarming element of farce undercutting the agonised political vacillations and chronic hierarchical buck-passing on display.
April 01, 2016

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