I love suspense stories (can you tell?). Eye in the Sky is an unusual suspense story.
The movie follows a group of military drone personnel and their leaders (and their leaders, and their…) in an attempt to capture terrorists in Kenya. And, it’s suspenseful… but in a slow, meticulous way. Several things stood out for me in Eye in the Sky.
Thing One; the technology: big drones with hell fire missiles, small disguised drones and even smaller drones. And all of these were controlled in one way or another, in tandem, by personnel from all over the world—Kenya, London, Hawaii, China, etc.
Thing Two: the insanely unproductive levels of bureaucracy that must be scaled to run a single, but important, operation. Everyone has to ask everyone else for permission to do anything.
C): Killing is tough, even from thousands of miles away. When someone dies in the film, or is pursued or threatened, members of the team from around the world are totally engrossed and emotionally torn apart as if they were personally at that location.
Last, but not least: Eye in the Sky itches the brain; makes you think (which is critical for me). You struggle with the morality of technological war, the inefficiency of a military operation, the insanity of the situation, the painful stress encumbering so many, and much, much more. And you can dwell on that stuff for awhile. And talk about it with friends.
Eye in the Sky is now available online and on DVD. Take a look!
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