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Trailer Watch: Helen Mirren’s ‘Eye in the Sky’ Makes Black Comedy Out of Drone-Warfare Morality

Trailer Watch: Helen Mirren's 'Eye in the Sky' Makes Black Comedy Out of Drone-Warfare Morality

In “Eye in the Sky,” Helen Mirren stars as a British colonel determined to kill a would-be suicide bomber with the help of an American drone striker (Aaron Paul) in the Las Vegas desert — except there’s a little girl who’ll become “collateral damage” if he pushes the red button. The politicians are on his side, too — one dead little girl might look worse to the public than a suicide bombing with an unpredictable number of deaths. 

The tangle of moral complications that drone warfare presents to the world are explored in the adrenaline-pumping trailer for “Eye in the Sky.” You wouldn’t know it based on this video, though, that this four-continents-spanning film might best be described as a black comedy. Variety’s review was one of several to compare the film to “Dr. Strangeglove”: “Much like… the Stanley Kubrick classic it often recalls, this teasingly hard-to-label war story has more than a fair share of scenes that generate explosive laughter — until the laughter catches in your throat.”

“Eye in the Sky” opens next spring. 

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