Rickman’s final film is a nail-biter

Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren. Photo: PA Photo/Entertainment One

Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren. Photo: PA Photo/Entertainment One

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“Revolutions are fuelled by postings on YouTube,” observes one nervous politician in Eye In The Sky, an intelligent and timely thriller that asks if there is such a thing as acceptable collateral damage in the pursuit of global freedom.

Gavin Hood’s nerve-racking film, starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul and the late Alan Rickman in his final film, doesn’t have the answer to that.

Instead, events on screen put the characters through the emotional wringer as a joint American and British taskforce decides if the slaughter of one innocent child is a tolerable consequence of neutralising a jihadist cell.

Hood’s nail-biting film begs uncomfortable questions about matters of life and death.