January 23, 2017

Eye in the Sky (2016)

Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul

On the night before the beginning of the end of the world the inauguration, it seemed only fitting I watch something that encapsulates so many of our recent issues: balancing military action with political diplomacy, maddening bureaucracy, the ethics of drone usage and the war on terror, and to top it off, a reminder that Alan Rickman, like so many other celebrities, died this past year.

The movie reminds me a bit of Zero Dark Thirty in its singular focus on one target and the overall pace of the movie. It's just fast enough to keep viewer interested, but with surprisingly little action. Instead, we are treated to a nightmarish game of telephone through various government agencies while everyone decides whether or not they're really ok with giving the order to kill someone. I get the dilemma, but it becomes a little annoying after awhile. Then again, maybe it's because I'm American and my first reaction was of course you should kill them. So there's that.

I think this is one of those movies that's really only so-so while watching it, but definitely stays in your mind later. Because though the set-up is just a little too perfect, it really forces you to grapple with the ethics of warfare in the modern age. And it will make you hate politicians even more, if that's possible.

Final word: Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman can make any movie worth watching, no matter the plot.

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