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.
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.
Steve Watts: I am the pilot in command responsible for releasing this weapon. I will fire when this girl is out of the way.Steve goes against a direct order from the Colonel when he does not fire upon the building due to a girl in the blast radius. As he is the one who controls the weapon, he declares that he will do it when the girl is safely far away.
Colonel Katherine Powell: We've got two suicide bombers inside that house but no one wants to take responsibility for pulling the trigger.Frustrated at the lack of action, Colonel Powell states the situation in a very basic way. They have easy targets that will surely wipe out a bunch of innocent civilians but no one wants to take the risk of killing the targets.
Lieutenant General Frank Benson: Well this changes things.
Steve Watts: What's happening?
Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq: We see a suicide vest and a whole bunch of explosives.
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.