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Eye in the Sky movie quotes tell the story of how the moral, ethical and legal implications of drone warfare are tested when a simple capture could have deadly results. The British thriller was write by Guy Hibbert and directed by Gavin Hood. After premiering at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Eye in the Sky opened theatrically on March 11, 2016, in the United states and April 8, 2016, in the United Kingdom.

In Eye in the Sky, Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) heads up a team who look to locate, spy on and eventually capture a terrorist group. Among those in the group include Brit Ayesha AL-Hady AKA Susan Danford and two others on the 10 most wanted terrorists list. Using a drone, they locate those three in a safe house, where the terrorists are preparing for a suicide attack.

Much to the ire of others involved, including Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) and British Foreign Secretary James Willett (Iain Glen), Powell changes the mission to not capture AL-Hady but send in a hellfire missile to kill all in the home. This plan is further complicated by the pushback from American drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) who declines to send in the missile while a little girl remains within the casualty area. As the sides argue about the best move, their moral and legal obligations are tested.

Eye in the Sky opened alongside other great March 2016 films including 10 Cloverfield Lane, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Knight of Cups, and Zootopia.
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Dozens of Lives Are at Stake


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Lieutenant General Frank Benson: Well this changes things.
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Steve Watts: What's happening?
Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq: We see a suicide vest and a whole bunch of explosives.
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Brian Woodale: What's the plan, General?
Lieutenant General Frank Benson: We the ability to strike a target with considerable accuracy.
Angela Northman: I came here to witness a capture, not a targeted assassination.
Lieutenant General Frank Benson: Dozens of lives are at stake if these men leave.

The appearance of a little girl in their blast zone changes the mission and polarizes the team. Some feel that they must take out these dangerous targets, regardless of the consequence, while others want a capture, not a kill.
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Win the Propaganda War


George Matherson: If they kill 80 people, we win the propaganda war. If we kill one child, they do.

George Matherson explains how when fighting the propaganda war, it's often unfair. While the enemy can kill dozens, should the good guys kill one child, they instantly lose.
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Be Their Eye in the Sky


Steve Watts: Range 22,000 feet
Colonel Katherine Powell: You have your orders, lieutenant. Your job is to be their eye in the sky.
Steve Watts: Yes, ma'am.
Colonel Katherine Powell: I have to know if Danford is inside and who is with her.

Powell explains to Steve Watts what his role in the mission is. He is tasked with piloting the drone which will watch their targets to give them better intelligence of the situation.
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The Capture of Ayesha AL-Hady


Lieutenant General Frank Benson: This is Colonel Powell. She's going to walk you through the capture of Ayesha AL-Hady, AKA Susan Danford.
Colonel Katherine Powell: We have intelligence of a meeting between Danford and numbers four and five on our most wanted list. We believe that they're connected to the recent suicide bombing in Kenya. We have information that they will be in this house today. This is an operation to capture, not kill.

Colonel Katherine Powell briefs the others on the purpose of the mission. They think they've found a high value target, along with two others on the most wanted list, and they have an opportunity to capture all of them while saving the lives of innocent victims in the process.