Parents' Guide to

Eye in the Sky

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Riveting thriller about drone strikes and their human toll.

Movie R 2016 102 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+


I don't want to spoil the film for anyone thinking of going to see it, but you should know that the bulk of the film is not at all violent. There's a military mission, but it's mainly about surveillance and about decisions that go into determining when, where, and whether to launch missile strikes from drone aircraft. For those concerned about violence, I would consider the movie VERY safe, especially compared to movies like American Sniper or Planet of the Apes. There's some bad language, but probably less than you'd hear in a day at a middle school anywhere in the U.S. I didn't see anything about the movie that would justify an R-rating. It was very comfortably PG-13 and more importantly, I think it could serve as an impetus for some compelling discussions in your homes. I plan to take my 13-year-old to see it.

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age 14+

Thought Provoking

This is a great movie for parents and educators who want to take the time to discuss the film after the theater lights come up. The different role each individual involved in the decision plays shows that war is not something easy or that anyone should take lightly. The black and white of when to use force is much clearer when you do not have the lives of innocent civilians hanging on the decision. Because of the diversity of their roles, there is value to each person weighing in on the decision. Almost every person in the movie is a role model.

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Is It Any Good?

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Taut, tense, and tightly paced, EYE IN THE SKY is a disciplined and illuminating examination of what military officials and news organizations often refer to as "collateral damage." But instead of miring the film in overwrought plots and death-defying CGI-riddled stunts, the filmmakers take a concept -- drone warfare in terrorist strongholds -- and bring it to the human level by filtering it through the eyes of the military and high-level government officials who must tussle with international relations and local politics to arrive at decisions that result in taking human lives.

Equally important are the experiences of the soldiers who actually pull the trigger and the civilians caught between insurgents and those trying to stop them. Rickman, who died before the film was released, reminds us why he'll be so missed, while Mirren and Paul, as the British colonel and the American pilot tasked with controlling the drone, go toe-to-toe in what's essentially a master class in finely tuned acting.

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