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Eye in the Sky | 2016 | R | - 1.6.5

With eyes on several of the most wanted terrorists planning to unleash suicide bombers, the decision must be made on how much collateral damage can be tolerated in the war on terrorism. With Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul, Bob Chappell, Alex Gallafent, Babou Ceesay, Carl Beukes, Kate Liquorish and Aisha Takow. Directed by Gavin Hood. Several lines of dialogue are in Swahili, Somali and Arabic with English subtitles. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A shirtless man in bed wakes up and we see his bare back, chest and upper abdomen. Two men in a locker room are shown with towels around their hips and we see their chest and abdomen. We see a man seated on a toilet and his bare knees and lower legs are visible.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A bomb blows up a building and we see the rubble and body parts among the debris; one person moves and it appears that part of her chin is dangling off her face, another wounded person moves and we see bloody spots on her clothing, face and head (we see severed and bloody limbs, and exposed organs and a severed head). A bomb blows up and destroys what is left of a previously bombed building; the explosion throws a man, a woman and a young girl that are outside the building.
 We see a photograph of a dead man bound and with blood on his head and neck while four men with guns stand around him. A man kneels over a young girl who has been injured and he cries for help (we see blood on her face and head). A young girl is shown in a hospital as a breathing bag is placed on her face and a doctor examines her. A man runs through streets while being chased by gunmen who shoot at him (he is not harmed and he loses them).
 An officer in charge of firing a remote weapon hesitates when a young person moves into the damage zone and the decision must be made whether to fire anyway. Several computer and monitor screens show targets and the surrounding areas in real-time as the decision is being made whether to launch a bomb or not. A man removes a monitoring device from a pack of cigarettes and guides it remotely. Tension mounts as it is determined that two young men in a building are being outfitted with suicide bomb vests and that there are several people that are on the "kill lists" of both England and the U.S also inside the building.
 Men in a truck with a mounted gun on the back drive through the roadways. Men with guns patrol a street and guard a gate behind which a person of interest is monitored.
 Many people in a room and over video conferencing and phone lines discuss and argue about the legalities and the potential political fallout if a missile launch is approved. We hear reports of terrorist attacks and suicide bombings. There is a discussion of launching a ground assault and one man says that it would be a massacre.
 People protest outside a building where military grade weapons are on display. A man in a street strikes a woman on the arms with a stick and berates her for having her wrists uncovered. A young girl dances in her family's yard and a man scolds her father for allowing it.
 A man giving a speech appears sweaty and pauses to cover his mouth with a handkerchief as a woman in the audience says that he is going to throw up (he does not); we hear later that he has food poisoning.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 4 F-words, 3 scatological terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (fanatics), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. God Willing, Oh God, Jesus, Christ Almighty, Christ, Oh For God's Sake).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man opens a pack of cigarettes (we do not see him smoke).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sharia law, terrorism, suicide bombers, drone strikes, collateral damage, Al Shabaab, Somalia, radicalization, propaganda, revolution, disgraceful.

MESSAGE - Military decisions are never easy.

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