Eye in the Sky

Synopsis: Colonel Katherine Powell is 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.
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Director(s): Gavin Hood
Production: Eone Films
  3 wins & 9 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Metacritic:
73
Rotten Tomatoes:
95%
R
Year:
2015
102 min
$16,641,379
Website
1,449 Views


(BOTH SPEAKING OTHER LANGUAGE)

(MAN SNORING)

(GROANS SOFTLY)

(SNORING CONTINUES)

(SIGHS)

(ROCCO WHIMPERS)

Sorry, Rocco.

(BARKING)

Come, come.

Good dog.

(BEEPS)

(COMPUTER BEEPS)

REPORTER:
(ON VIDEO)

Somali Al-Shabab militants

have posted this

picture of an unnamed man

they say they have

executed in Nairobi.

They claim he was a spy

working for British and Kenyan

intelligence services,

attempting to disrupt

the recruiting and trafficking

of young Western Muslims.

Al-Shabab

extremism within Kenya

escalated with the Westgate

shopping mall attack

in Nairobi two years ago,

in which 67 people died

and 175 were injured.

In April, the group massacred

147 students and staff

at Garissa University College.

Al-Shabab want to

impose their strict version

of Sharia law across

the Horn of Africa.

They bitterly resent the role of

Britain and the Kenyan military

in propping up the UN-backed

Somali government.

(ALARM BEEPING)

(HIGH-PITCHED BEEPING)

- (BEEPING STOPS)

- (GROANS)

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATION)

- Morning, Colonel.

- Morning, Ted.

(BEEPS)

Good morning.

- Good morning, ma'am.

- Morning, Colonel.

Version three on

Operation Egret is ready.

Ahmed's house data

is on slide three.

Thank you.

Only two Hellfires?

Where are my GBU-12s?

Well, ma'am, given the mission brief,

we thought we should

decrease the gross weight

and increase the loiter time.

So I've only

got the Hellfires?

Yes, ma'am.

Sadd, next time you

change the load out,

you check with

me first, please?

- Yes, ma'am.

- Thank you.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

DRIVER:
How was your flight?

(CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS)

(ALL SPEAKING OTHER LANGUAGE)

(KNOCKING ON WINDOW)

(OMAR SPEAKING OTHER LANGUAGE)

General, good morning.

You got my email?

COLONEL POWELL:

Yes, sir. Very upsetting.

His family will

need our support.

Leave it with me.

- Everything in place?

- Yes, sir.

I'll be at Cobra

in an hour.

That should be fine.

Good luck today,

Katherine.

Thank you.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Is this Briefing Room 7?

Yeah. You're fine.

We haven't started yet.

Lieutenant Watts.

Airman Gershon.

Pleasure.

Stand by.

Room, attention.

Carry on.

All right, I'm going to introduce you

guys to Colonel Powell in London.

- Push us through please, Major.

- MAJOR:
Yes, sir.

COLONEL WALSH:
Good morning, Colonel.

Are we coming through clear?

Loud and clear,

Colonel, thank you.

Good to see you again.

And you, ma'am.

I have your crew ready.

Introduce yourselves,

please.

Morning, ma'am. Lieutenant Steve Watts,

Aircraft Commander, Pilot.

Airman First Class Carrie Gershon,

Sensor Operator.

Senior Airman Matt Levery,

Mission Intel Coordinator.

COLONEL POWELL:

Thank you.

Today, you will be flying a joint

operation over Nairobi, Kenya,

codename Operation Egret.

Horn of Africa,

Somalia, Kenya, Nairobi.

We have intelligence of a meeting

of key members of Al-Shabab

in the suburb of Parklands

in this house, here.

It belongs to a man

named Shahid Ahmed.

He's an Al-Shabab facilitator.

Due to visit this

house is this man,

Abdullah Al-Hady.

He's a Somali, and his wife,

Ayesha Al-Hady,

formerly Susan Helen Danford,

British national.

Troubled childhood,

converted at 15.

She was radicalized

in a West London mosque

where she met and

married Al-Hady.

Intelligence

has them connected

to the most recent

suicide bombing in Kenya.

They are numbers four and five

on our East Africa Most Wanted list.

We've been tracking

them for six years.

Their cell executed one of

our Kenyan agents yesterday.

Now we have information that

they will be in Nairobi today,

using that Parklands house as a

transit point for two new recruits.

Muhammad Abdisalaam, American.

The CIA have him connected

to extremists in Minnesota.

And Rasheed Hamud.

He's British.

Once all suspects

are in the house,

Kenyan special forces will

launch a cordon and search.

This is an operation

to capture, not kill.

Your job is to be

their eye in the sky.

Right, thank you, ma'am.

Kill it.

- Yes, sir.

- Go brief.

So, sir, how long

have you been here?

About six months now. You?

Just got here.

Oh, wow.

How are you liking Vegas?

It can get a little wild.

(CHUCKLES) That it can.

Where are you

from originally?

- I'm from Ohio.

- Ohio?

Where are you...

Where are you from?

Idaho. When did

you qualify?

A month ago.

Wow. It's only been

about two years for me.

Why'd you join?

I'd racked up

a lot of college debt.

Air Force was a guaranteed

four years of work.

- LIEUTENANT WATTS: Hey, guys.

- GERSHON:
Hi.

- Hey.

- Hey.

You seen any giraffes?

Matter of fact, yeah.

- Oh, wow.

- Yeah, a whole bunch of them

about 30 miles

east of the city.

CREWMAN:
The aircraft is

established in the orbit

at Flight Level 200,

running covert.

Aircraft and GCS are in the

green with no write-ups.

Okay. Great.

All cameras

checked good.

Here's the target.

Ground forces are a few blocks

away in an old factory.

Over here.

Okay. Thanks.

CREWMAN:

Weapons all spun up good.

Ten hours' time on

station remaining.

You still have two Hellfire missiles.

Secure radio checked good.

Great. Thank you, guys.

CREWMAN:
All right.

Do good. Don't suck.

- (CHUCKLES)

- Hey, Matt? You strapped in?

I'm here.

Here it comes.

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATION)

Showman 5-0, North 2-0.

Good morning, Moses. How are you?

MOSES:
North 2-0, Showman 5-0.

Good morning, Colonel. Very good, thank you.

COLONEL POWELL:
Confirm

Seahawk is in the Blue Zone,

but Condor is

still in flight, right?

Seahawk is in

the Blue Zone.

We expect Condor

to land in an hour.

COLONEL POWELL:
Thank you.

Are your men in place?

Yes, ma'am.

GENERAL BENSON:

Darling, it's your dad here.

I'm looking at a whole shelf

of these Annabell dolls.

You didn't tell me that

there were different types.

I have no idea

what to buy her.

Can you get back

to me ASAP?

Otherwise...

Um...

I'm holding

a "Time to Sleep" doll.

It says here,

"You will hear her babbling

"when it is

beddy-byes."

Call me as soon

as you can.

(BOTH SPEAKING OTHER LANGUAGE)

(PEOPLE SPEAKING

OTHER LANGUAGE)

General Benson

here for Cobra.

General Benson.

Jack Cleary.

I'm coordinating today.

- This way, sir.

- Thank you.

Hold on a minute. "Baby Moves"?

What have I got?

Well, does it matter?

I mean...

General, they're

asking for you, sir.

Yes. Uh... All right, darling,

I'll try.

Yup. Bye-bye.

I bought

a "Time to Sleep" doll

when I should have

bought a "Baby Moves."

Apparently, there's

an important difference.

(CHUCKLES SOFTLY)

I'll see what I can do, sir.

- Attorney General, good morning.

- Good morning, Frank.

- Minister.

- General.

Ma'am.

Congratulations on

your new appointment.

Thank you.

I'm gonna talk you through the

capture of Susan Danford,

AKA Ayesha Al-Hady.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER ON P.A.)

- How are you?

- I'm good, and you?

Welcome to Nairobi.

The Condor has landed.

MOSES:
(ON PHONE) Copy that.

Proceed to the Blue Zone.

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Guy Hibbert

Guy Hibbert is an award-winning British screenwriter. He has won 4 Bafta awards. He wrote the 2009 film Five Minutes of Heaven. This film was premiered at the 25th Sundance Film Festival, where Hibbert won the World Cinema Screenwriting Award. more…

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