Eye in the Sky (2016, Gavin Hood)
A high-tech thriller, set in Kenia (filmed in South-Africa) about an operation to capture a group of terrorists, who meet in a house in the centre of Nairobi. When field agents discover that the group is preparing a terrorist attack, the commanding officer wants to eliminate them by means of a drone attack, but several people involved in the mission (two politicians, a drone pilot) start having doubts when a young Kenian girl enters the kill zone.
The movie is not just a thriller but also tries to say something about moral and ethical dilemmas in relation to drone warfare and anti-terrorist policies. After watching it, you’ll also know how ornithopter and insectothopters look like, and I can tell you that they’re … wow! Eye in the Sky was well received by critics, and it’s easy to understand why, but I was underwhelmed. It’s not bad, but the script is needlessly manipulative and sentimental and those discussions about ethical and moral decisions are interesting and first, but soon become too repetitive. Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman (in his final screen performance) are great.