Eye in the Sky

Liutenant Steven Watts and Sergeant Carrie Gershon deal with their awareness as human being, not soldier in Eye in the Sky

How should we justify the importance and value of human rights in critical situation in which the life of others count? Should we stay still when a group of people, who happens to be potential threats to others, is setting up a brutal terrorism act among the innocent? The strike we launch might result in minor collateral damage compared to the terrorist’s act. However, the rising campaign of human rights and humanity has given problematic circumstances towards soldiers, military figures, and even governments. That’s the central theme of Eye in the Sky, a recent movie directed by Gavin Hood.

Colonel Powell (Helen Mirren) has been chasing Susan Danford (Lex King) for the last 6 years. The woman is a British-born and converted to Moslem at young age. The choice turns to be a wrong one when Susan decided to join a hardliner fundamentalist group and moved to Kenya. Powell, an ambitious high-rank military officer in British army, seeks opportunity to capture Susan and her team before having the opportunity to launch terrorism act. The pursue is successful one. Powell and her team, which include British and U.S. high-rank officials, want to capture Susan and the group alive. The mission is then changed into exterminating Susan since the group plans to launch suicide bombing with two-newly recruited guys as the doers. Tragically, both of the bomber are U.S. citizens. In order to do so, Liutenant Steven Watts (Aaron Paul) and Sergeant Carrie Gershon (Phoebe Fox) must do the attack via the drone they operate in a U.S. military base in Nevada while Powell is giving orders in London. But, the attack can’t be easily done due to the presence of Alia, a teenage bread seller whose whereabout near to the target. It causes further problem because any modelling and calculation done on the impact of the drone attack involves Alia as the only child who will suffer from Steven pushing the Hellfire button. Alia prompts a series of diplomatic and military discourse between the two governments. At the end, a decision must be made, no matter what it costs.

Eye in the Sky is truly captivating movie. It involves military operation and terrorism, and portray both in new and interesting ways. The audience will get understanding that a military operation is not as simple as it looks since it involves diplomatic talks which sometimes seem to be the funny ones. Eye in the Sky is a serious movie, actually. But the roles have shown magnificent diplomatic discourse in natural ways. Either the general, ministers or the soldiers plays as they are ought to be; and what they do, to some extent, serves humor to the audience. It is not enough to watch Eye in the Sky once. The movie should be placed in your collection also.


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