Blu-ray Review: Eye in the Sky

EyeBluSTUDIO: Universal | DIRECTOR: Gavin Hood | CAST: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Iain Glen, Barkhad Abdi
RELEASE DATE: 6/28/16 | PRICE: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.99
BONUSES: two featurettes
SPECS: R | 102 min. | War thriller | 2.40:1 widescreen | DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1 | English and Spanish subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio  | Video  | Overall

Eye in the Sky
is  a new war drama-thriller that plays like an old-fashioned military mission movie save for its wholly modern take on the moral, bureaucratic, political and personal implications of drone warfare.

Helen Mirren stars as Col. Katherine Powell in Gavin Hood's Eye in the Sky

Helen Mirren stars as Col. Katherine Powell in Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky

The film follows Colonel Katherine Powell (a tough-as-nails Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in command of a secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya.  Using remote surveillance and on-the-ground intelligence, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.”  Powell and her team’s plan to have an American drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul, TV’s Breaking Bad) launch on the enemy are abruptly halted when a nine-year-old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute over whether to attack or not, a disagreement that reaches the highest levels of the American and British governments.

Directed by Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game), Eye in the Sky features muscular performances by the entire cast, which also include Alan Rickman (A Little Chaos), in his final screen appearance before his death last fall. And Paul once again demonstrates his strengths as the go-to actor for delivering a jittery man-on-the-edge performance.

There are two bonus featurettes that run about two minutes each that are more-or-less EPK promotional pieces.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.