Directed by Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Eye in the Sky centers on a top secret drone operation that is aimed at stopping terrorists in Kenya. Though Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is in command of the UK led mission, American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) literally has his finger on the button that will trigger the attack. Along with Powell and Watts’ disagreements on when to kill the terrorists, the operation is also delayed due to an indecisive, bureaucratic chain of command.

Eye in the Sky is an ambitious narrative that didn’t have the largest of budgets, a limitation which enabled Hood to direct the film in a more efficient manner. “I’ve never shot a movie like this,” said Mirren. “(It was) very complex because this director had to keep in his mind all his cuts, the rhythm of how people would be talking in this room. How it was going to interact with this (section). It was extraordinarily complex, actually. We spent half a day, Gavin and I, just thinking about how we were going to shoot it, in what sequence, and how we were going to do it.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Helen Mirren and director Gavin Hood explain how they worked around the “financial constraints” of Eye In The Sky.

Co-starring Alan Rickman and Jeremy Northam, Eye in the Sky opens in select theaters March 11.

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Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi