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Eye in the Sky

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Eye in the Sky

Welcome to the new front line

20161 h 42 min
Overview

A military officer in command of a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya sees her mission escalate from “capture” to “kill” just as a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone.

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Director Gavin Hood
Runtime 1 h 42 min
Release Date 11 March 2016
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Movie Rating Excellent
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It’s been a while since I went to see this film but I’m still thinking about it.

A modern morality tale, I was initially drawn to the spectacle of awesome technology. Wow, a drone in an artificial flying beetle that could spy in the most inhospitable places, all controlled by a smartphone with an attached joystick. My inner geek started dancing!

However, this intense and thoughtful film quickly shifted the focus to the ethics of modern drone warfare with the attendant impossible questions. The ability to kill people from a cosy office complete with tea and biscuits was fully explored with cowardly politicians desperate to climb aboard the McPasstheBuckyface.

Excellent performances from Helen Mirren as the hard bitten colonel in charge of the operation to capture a group of terrorists in Nairobi and the late Alan Rickman as lieutenant general leading the deliberations in a cosy government office in London.

Call me cynical but I was slightly unconvinced by the emotion of the drone ‘pilot’ (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul). Was this a device to make the Americans appear more sympathetic? I also felt there was an attempt at manipulation when the little girl at the centre of the story was shown to belong to a family that was more ‘western’ than her peers. I felt uncomfortable and insulted. Can we really only feel sympathy if the victim is more like us?

Overall a brilliant, thought-provoking film that worked in the ‘action-adventure’ genre, nail-bitingly tense but also a haunting examination of modern warfare.

Grimsby

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Grimsby

Behind every hero is an embarrassing sibling

20161 h 22 min
Overview

Wrongfully accused and on the run, a top MI6 assassin joins forces with his long-lost, football hooligan brother to save the world from a sinister plot.

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Director Louis Leterrier
Runtime 1 h 22 min
Release Date 24 February 2016
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Movie Rating Very bad
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OMG!  No seriously I’ve always liked Sacha Baron Cohen, but really?  This has to win the prize for the grossest cinema moment EVER.  I began to feel physically uncomfortable at one point and realised I was cringing so hard my body was instictively trying to assume the foetal position in my cinema seat.   There were some funny lines, crazy action sequences and a pop at Donald Trump but even these and the motivational left wing speech near the end couldn’t compensate for the ridiculous story line and the horrible, horrible vision that is now burned on my brain forever.