Eye in the Sky
Character: Colonel Katherine Powell
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Written by: Guy Hibbert
Produced by: Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, David Lancaster
Other cast: Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen
Release date: September 11, 2015 (Toronto)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Running time: 1h 42min

A lieutenant general and a colonel face political opposition after ordering a drone missile strike to take out a group of suicide bombers in Nairobi, Kenya.


→ The commander is in England. The drone pilot is in America. The terrorist is in Kenya. And the authority to strike is up in the air.
→ Welcome to the new front line.
→ The longer you watch, the less clearly you see.


♦ Due to budgetary restrictions during the six-week shoot, actors often worked individually. For example, when Helen Mirren is in the decision room, she was actually speaking in real time to the film’s director, Gavin Hood, and facing a green screen with a red ‘X’ designating her line of focus.
♦ Helen Mirren’s role was originally written for a male actor.