‘Eye in the Sky’ Trailer: Helen Mirren Orchestrates a Drone Strike
At first glance, Eye in the Sky might make you think of Good Kill, the drone warfare thriller from last year starring Ethan Hawke. Or maybe Homeland. But Eye in the Sky has something those things don’t: Helen Mirren. The legendary actress stars in the intriguing new drama as a UK colonel out to stop Kenyan terrorists, the way you never knew you always wanted to see her.
As you can see in the first trailer, Mirren’s character is a calm and considerate military officer, whose approach to stopping terrorism involves a lot of watching and careful waiting, hesitant to implement a deadly drone strike. In terms of military films, this one looks a little more nuanced than your average drama or explosive blockbuster.
The film also features Aaron Paul, whose post-Breaking Bad roles have been very hit or miss, proving himself better suited to smaller, more intimate settings. And what’s smaller than operating a drone from a cubicle?
Here’s the official synopsis:
EYE IN THE SKY stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.
From Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood, Eye in the Sky also stars Alan Rickman and Captain Phillips’ Barkhad Abdi, and hits theaters on March 11, 2016.