Eye In The Sky

By Sunil Kumar

There’s no denying that morality in this age is a skewed affair. Technology has evened the stakes a little; but also made the usual suspects even more belligerent. “Eye In The Sky”; a movie based largely about discussions on an air strike in Kenya discusses the legal, moral, ethical and military compulsions in a world increasingly prone to terrorism; largely of the Islamist variety.

Before making this a simple case of the West vs the Rest; which in all probability it both is and isn’t; Eye in The Sky shows that violence is sort of a quick-fix solution; an allopathic remedy in a world that needs some holistic healing. Humanism is often advocated as a solution; but nature seems to make us gravitate towards a more tribal identity; for the sake of convenience; narrowing it down to language, color, religion, region or country.

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As an Indian; I’m always astounded by British hypocrisy. The Vijay Mallya episode; free passage to many criminals who act with impunity here; the Indian government‘s lackadaisical approach; and indifference here, there and everywhere. Having a sense of patriotism does not amount to jingoism; there’s a case of warped semantics here; much like Mallya claiming to be a prime servant of India’s people. Some people are jolly good swindlers; so say some of us.

Back to the movie. With tension building up right to the end; inspired acting by an interesting cast; including Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman; “Eye In The Sky” was an insightful look at the world of modern-day counterterrorism and drone strikes. Increasing violence all over the world is definitely not a good sign; but there seems to be no easy solution to end it. Every possible approach is prone to flaws. In acknowledging this basic fact; “Eye In The Sky” is worth a watch. The future is both complex and simple; and full of surprises.


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