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Eye In The Sky Review

Excellent

Almost forensic in its approach, this smart thriller explores a drone strike from a variety of perspectives that bring the moral dilemmas sharply into focus. This includes textured performances from seriously gifted actors who add layers of political, military, legal and emotional meaning to each moment along the way. So the film is continuously gripping, putting the audience right in the middle of the action.

The target is in a suburb of Nairobi, where three of the world's most wanted Somali jihadists are gathering to prepare two young suicide bombers for a mission. British Colonel Powell (Helen Mirren) is overseeing the operation from London, with her American drone pilots (Aaron Paul and Phoebe Fox) working in Las Vegas. The hitch is that two of the targets are UK citizens, and one is American, which means that they also need to have government officials in on the discussion. So Lt General Benson (Alan Rickman) is watching with British government ministers (including Jeremy Northam and Monica Dolan). Meanwhile in Kenya, a local operative (Barkhad Abdi) is on the scene. But just as everyone agrees to fire the missile, a young girl (Aisha Takow) wanders into the danger zone.

What follows is a remarkably tense escalation of decision-making, as everyone passes the buck up the chain to avoid making the call themselves. Guy Hibbert's script orchestrates this skilfully, keeping the atmosphere taut while stirring generous doses of black comedy into the interaction between soldiers and politicians. This includes amusing scenes in which Britain's foreign secretary (Iain Glen) is dragged into the conversation while suffering food poisoning in Singapore. Yes, the film has a terrific sense of instant global connections, as its characters work together at a huge distance from each other and from the target of their operation.

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Helen Mirren Encourages Actresses To Pursue Male Roles


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The 70-year-old actress stars as Colonel Katherine Powell in new movie Eye in the Sky, but the part was originally intended to be filled by a man. Helen has already received rave reviews for her portrayal of the military leader in the film, and admits she gets "cross" about how many roles are given to her male counterparts.

"You look at a scene and it's going to be all men around a table and you think at least half of those could have been women," she told BBC News. "It's so hard to get a job as an actress, let alone as a star but just a job - to be a working actress it's so much more difficult than it is for men." It was the decision of the film's producers, as well as director Gavin Hood, to give the central role to Helen. And the actress thinks it was an "astute decision" because it has prompted debate about the differences between decisions made by men and women in the military.

"The film is about the discussions people have when they leave the cinema and having a woman in that role allows you to make that discussion," she said. "As opposed to saying 'well that's men, that's what men do in war' ... I think Gavin very astutely understood and realised putting a woman (in the role) just changed the discussion."

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Helen Mirren Praises Late Eye In The Sky Co-star Alan Rickman


Helen Mirren Alan Rickman

The British actor passed away aged 69 in January (16) after fighting a secret battle with pancreatic cancer, leaving behind an impressive film legacy, including his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Die Hard and Sense and Sensibility.

His final film is Eye in the Sky, a thriller which also stars Oscar winner Helen, 70, and the actress believes it is a fitting tribute to Alan's work.

"Alan was a genius character actor and he could play all these amazing baddies," she told Britain's The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday (10Apr16). "The Alan we see on the screen in Eye In The Sky is Alan. It's Alan as I remember him. His wit, his humanity, his intelligence. I think Alan would have been really, really proud for this to have been his last film."

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Alan Rickman's Death Ended 'Galaxy Quest 2' Plans


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We are both gutted and relieved to learn that plans to start production on 'Galaxy Quest 2' were cancelled this year in light of the death of Alan Rickman. It's a shame that the world is as yet being denied a sequel to one of the greatest sci-fi comedies on record, but it's definitely for the best.

Galaxy QuestGalaxy Quest was a cult hit upon its 1999 release

The 1999 cult film was never exactly a blockbuster, but it still has a devoted fanbase. That's why many will react with utter disappointment at news that a sequel to 'Galaxy Quest' was going to  shoot this year for Amazon, but the deal was never signed off when Alan Rickman died.

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Alan Rickman Praised For Witty Performance


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The filmmaker’s latest movie is the military thriller Eye in the Sky, featuring Alan’s final big screen performance before his death earlier this year (16). The plotline examines modern warfare, and Gavin says the late actor introduced many different dimensions to his character Lieutenant General Frank Benson.

“The role of the general could so easily have been played in a fairly stereotypical way, a general with one position and this is his view,” the director said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “What Alan brings to a role… is a huge degree of intelligence, humour, irony, wit. He makes you laugh in the film, at moments of extreme tension. He helps the audience just release that tension for a moment, just by a throwaway line...

“Alan has the ability to play just absolute emotional truth and yet with real humour and never taking it to the slapstick level…

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Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass Trailer


As Alice is once again taken into the magical and mysterious world that she's somehow connected to, Alice finds herself with her friends on the other side of the looking glass. Through Alice doesn't really know why, she's attached to the peculiar world and its inhabitants but her latest visit will put the young girl in grave danger. 

The Red Queen has gained a dangerous new ally who is out to find the young blonde haired girl. As the clock ticks and tocks, the game of kings becomes a whole new reality and Alice must find a way to beat her opponents. 

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is based on the characters from Lewis Carroll's novel and is produced by Tim Burton. The Muppets director James Bobin directs the feature film.  

Helen Mirren Thrilled To Work With Alan Rickman On Final Movie


Helen Mirren Alan Rickman

The Harry Potter star died in January (16), shortly after completing work on Eye in the Sky and his co-star insists he couldn't have picked a better film to wrap up an impressive career.

"I think Alan would be incredibly proud of this movie," she tells WENN. "I think if he looked at his canon of work - and it's been great work his whole life - I think if he had the choice to say, 'I want that to be my last movie', I'm convinced he would point to this movie."

Dame Helen's only regret is she got to spend so little time with Alan on set: "I hardly got to see him. (Director) Gavin (Hood) shot all my stuff first... We crossed paths for one night."

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Helen Mirren Couldn't Contain Excitement Over Eye In The Sky


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The 70-year-old actress plays Colonel Katherine Powell in the action movie, which depicts the actions of two soldiers who must take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya.

The late acting veteran Alan Rickman and former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul also appear in the movie, with the cast being put through their paces during production.

"Yes, I was in a real concrete bunker for two or three weeks, completely separate from everyone else," Helen explained to Empire magazine of her scenes involving speaking down a phone.

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David Bowie And Alan Rickman Land Film Festival Tributes


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The Starman singer and the Die Hard star passed away within days of each other last month (Jan16) after both battling cancer, and now they will be feted for their career achievements during Berlinale later this month (Feb16).

Bowie's 1976 sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth has been added to the festival line-up along with Rickman's period drama Sense and Sensibility, which won the festival's coveted Golden Bear prize in 1996.

The rocker had close ties to the city after moving to Berlin in the 1970s to work on a trilogy of albums, which included his 1977 masterpiece Heroes, and festival director Dieter Kosslick wants the event to celebrate Bowie's varied career.

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Colin Firth Turned To Late Alan Rickman For Advice


Colin Firth Alan Rickman

Rickman lost his battle with cancer last week (14Jan16) and his peers, friends and castmates have been offering up fond farewells for days.

Firth and Rickman's Sense & Sensibility co-stars Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet have paid their respects in statements, and now The King's Speech actor has issued his thoughts to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I've always been a little bit in awe of Alan because he’s always been incredibly solicitous of me," he writes. "I wasn’t long out of drama school when I first met him. I was quite green and unsure of myself. He seemed to have an instinct for people who were in need of guidance of some kind. This is something I noticed in him in all the contact I’ve had with him over 30 years. He looked out for people."

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Dutch Premiere Of 'The King's Gardens'

Alan Rickman - Alan Rickman attends the Dutch premiere of 'The King's Gardens' at Pathe Buitenhof in The Hague - The Hague, Netherlands - Wednesday 27th May 2015

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Die Gaertnerin Von Versailles Premiere

Paula Paul , Alan Rickman - Die Gaertnerin von Versailles Premiere at Kino Kulturbrauerei - Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 22nd April 2015

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'A Life In Pictures' Photocall

Alan Rickman - 'A Life In Pictures' photocall with Alan Rickman at BAFTA in London at Bafta - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 15th April 2015

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Alan Rickman Leaving BBC Radio 1

Alan Rickman - Alan Rickman leaving the BBC Radio 1 studios - London, United Kingdom - Monday 13th April 2015

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Dutch Premiere Of 'The King's Gardens'

Alan Rickman - Alan Rickman attends the Dutch premiere of 'The King's Gardens' at Pathe Buitenhof in The Hague - The Hague, Netherlands - Wednesday 27th May 2015

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Alan Rickman

Date of birth

21st February, 1946

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.85


Alan Rickman Movies

Eye in the Sky Movie Review

Eye in the Sky Movie Review

Almost forensic in its approach, this smart thriller explores a drone strike from a variety...

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass Trailer

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass Trailer

As Alice is once again taken into the magical and mysterious world that she's somehow...

Eye In The Sky Trailer

Eye In The Sky Trailer

Drones are now one of the most effective weapons the military have when fighting in...

Alice Through The Looking Glass - Teaser Trailer

Alice Through The Looking Glass - Teaser Trailer

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