The story is focused on a planned British-run multinational mission to capture a group of high-value Al-Shabaab terrorists, who have gathered in a suburb of Nairobi in Kenya. Eye in the Sky brings these individuals centre stage, for once forcing deep ethical decisions upon an everyday cinema-going audience, and then forcing them to watch the inevitably tragic impacts of such decisions, whatever they may be.
What policies are we going to adopt?
For the public officials, process trumps outcome, prompting the question: Those questions are only enhanced the more the technology becomes actually as precise as promised.
The British have identified known members of al Shabaab, among them British and American citizens, in the act of preparing a suicide attack from a house in a mostly Somali neighborhood in Nairobi.
The drone pilots may use the tools of a video game to carry out his task, but the human consequences are never erased or minimized simply because they are looking at a video screen. True enough, high-tech battles have the potential to displace much of our direct experience with the trauma of war.
This requires us to apply the following four-step test: The real lingering question is: For others, including the pilots tasked with sending the missile into a neighborhood that would kill terrorists as well as other innocents, the trade-offs are much less clear.
Furthermore, they are the individuals most obsessed with the importance of nationalities, with the existence of both British and American passports amongst the group of Somalis who make up Al-Shabaab morphing into an entirely separate debate beyond the ethical debate surrounding drones themselves, as though British or American lives are significantly different in terms of worth than any others.
The new British film Eye in the Sky dispels those notions easily in a gripping story of modern techno-warfare, but not for the reasons many might think.
And on the issue of citizenship: But what starts as something uncomfortably close to a voyeuristic video game becomes far more serious when drone surveillance cameras discover an impending suicide bombing.
Being a British film, there is also the obligatory usage of soft satire, verging on black humour at times, with comical situations immediately juxtaposed with life-and-death scenarios, forcing us into some painfully powerful intellectual somersaults in the process.
The core of the argument to me is, assuming you know everything, what are the moral and political and ethical questions that are left? The legal framework that Obama has been using is far from clear.
Eye in the Sky is, in effect, an extended meditation on the ethics of war. It would have been so easy to lazily have a chisel-jawed male lead instead, like so many films before this one, but Mirren acts the role to perfection. But I did speak to people in the military, including drone pilots, who gave me great insight into the way the program works.
A whole new set of issues arise when intelligence bodies such as the CIA use military weapons to target individuals outside of war zones.Director Gavin Hood’s new film, Eye in the Sky, places our intuitions about the ethics of war firmly in the cross hairs.
And like any decent thought experiment, it asks us to accept a number of artificial constraints, which enable the plot to impale us on the ethical dilemma at its core.
Eye in the Sky isn’t the first attempt to tackle the ethical complications created by this new age of warfare (see Homeland seasons one and four as just one example) but it is perhaps the most successful, managing to focus the audience’s attention for almost an hour and a half on the impossible decisions which have to be made by those.
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Though Hood was only scheduled to appear in conversation on stage before the start of the film, he announced that he would come back for a Q&A afterward.
After the intense minute movie, Hood received a long round of applause that he expressed his gratitude for. He clearly seemed concerned about the film’s reception.
Eye in the Sky is, in effect, an extended meditation on the ethics of war. Directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game, Totsi) and featuring some of the United Kingdom’s most accomplished actors (including Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman), Eye in the Sky begins with an early scene that sets up the entire movie.Download