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Film EYE IN THE SKY 2016-05-28 19:00:00


Director: Gavin Hood, USA, 102 min; PG

Cast: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman

An alternative title to this riveting thriller about drone warfare and its perils, might be “Passing the Buck.” When urgent life-or-death decisions are required in a race against time to kill terrorists, officials, wary of being held responsible for civilian casualties, repeatedly “refer up” to higher authorities for final approval. Helen Mirren, in one of her fiercest screen performances, plays Col. Powell, the chilly officer in charge of an operation to capture a radicalized English woman meeting with terrorists in Nairobi. Colonel Powell has been pursuing her for years.

Colonel Powell quickly secures permission from her superior, Lt. Gen. Frank Benson (Alan Rickman), to upgrade the order from “capture” to “kill.” Those orders are relayed to Steve Watts (Aaron Paul), a drone pilot in Las Vegas poised to launch the air-to-surface missile. But unforeseen interruptions keep delaying the attack.

General Benson is Mr. Rickman’s final screen performance, and it is a great one, suffused with a dyspeptic world-weary understanding of war and human nature. Ms. Mirren has rarely been icier, and her powerful, scary performance doesn’t strive to make her character likable.

“Eye in the Sky” allows the story’s absurdist elements to speak for themselves. Mr. Rickman, musing in oracular tones, delivers the film’s despairing overview that pierces to the heart: “Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.”

--The New York Times


Related Website http://www.cinecenta.com
Times 19:00:00 to 20:45:00
21:10:00 to 22:55:00


UVSS Students: $5.75

SPECIAL FOR UVSS STUDENTS - 9pm shows (or later): $4.75

Seniors (65 & over), Children (12 & under): $5.75

Other Students: $6.75

Cinemagic Members: $6.75

Uvic Alumni, Faculty, Staff & their guests (1 only): $6.75

Non-members: $7.75

MATINEES all seats: $4.75






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