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Eye in the Sky Review (2016) | Aisha Takow Questions Moral Decisions

The girl and her bread. Aisha Takow plays Alia Mo’Allim, the girl who decides the fate of a scrupulous showdown in Eye in the Sky movie. Her presence and natural instinct for acting makes it a stunning musing solemn flick!

From the enthralling head of Guy Hibbert comes a conscience tale that will throw your brains into pits of disarray where you will be compelled to live with the choices you make as life dependencies get entailed. What weighs more? It is something you will keep questioning throughout the flick’s climax until the final call is made.


eye in the sky movie still

Amidst a world of chaos sat a girl trying to sell her bread. Unperturbed. Unaware. Heedless of an impending danger, carrying on with her regularity. She had no idea, meters away holed up in a safehouse concocted terrorists a plan to bring a bigger annihilation to fruition.

A bunch of authorities watching them from the skies, like Gods, hold the handle to the trigger to take the terrorists down, but are faced with a dire conundrum so lethal that could take an instant innocent life in the process of imminent quelling. Their act has no absolution. They have to live with the choice they make. So poetic! Right?


still of Aisha Takow as Alia Mo'Allim selling bread in Eye in the Sky Movie

Aisha Takow who plays the character of Alia Mo’Allim in the movie Eye in the Sky seems to have a natural knack for acting. It doesn’t ever seem like Aisha Takow is acting. Such a young soul and yet she masters the mannerisms required when you need to go natural. Unperturbed, even though she had eyes not just in the sky but everywhere around her, she stays confident mastering the seller parlance. She is a winner hands down.

The innocence of Alia Mo’Allim will make you feel sorry for her, and you don’t blame her for picking up fallen breads for the second time. She was only thinking about her family. It is something children often do. The fate of Aisha Takow’s Alio Mo’Allim will bring tears in your eyes. In an instant she becomes one of the most relatable characters, and with a mere snap of decisive fingers her world uproots.


We see a political pandemonium go murky as people refer up for the Herculean decision that stares them in their eyes. It shows how incapacitated we are into making real life’s choices. No one’s spared. You wish to keep your slate clean and yet wish to do something good for the world. A soldier’s life is a constant battle of what needs to be done against what is right. Eye in the sky is reflective of that very thought.

As Lieutenant General Frank Benson played by Alan Rickman puts superbly it in the end:

Still of Alan Rickman as Frank Benson in Eye in the Sky

“Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.”

Eye in the Sky will also let you comprehend the concept of Phantom Drone and how powerful a weapon it really is. The technology is easily one of the most deadliest of all since it gives the wielder incomprehensible power over pygmy humans.

As Eye in the Sky progresses into a nail-biting finish you couldn’t help but feel a pang of emotions erupt in your heart. So powerful is its vigour that it captivates you right from the moment it delves into storytelling.


Eye in the Sky is a decisive voyage that forces us to question our abilities. It has been well helmed by Gavin Hood with an endearing music to keep us company.

The star cast is stellar as they pack in a powerful performance together as an ensemble. The movie has every element shoehorned in the perfect amount, right from the heartless, the hearty to the sentient. You see exceptional performances by Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi (of Captain Phillips fame), Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Iain Glen and the beautiful young girl Aisha Takow. Powerful intense acting by the cast that converts it into a dramatic success.

Eye in the Sky is a must-watch!

You can check out the trailer of Eye in the Sky here:

The Unpredictable Academy: Snubs and Wins (2015)

Every year the Academy slips in a frowned spurn at a movie that is on everybody’s mind. This time ‘Boyhood’ became the bait. The coming-of-age tale that spread brilliantly over the span of 12 years, was a sure shot per se. But alas! the Oscars have a reputation in doing the unthinkable. ‘Birdman’ beat Linklater’s panache not only in Best Picture and Original Screenplay categories but also in Best Direction. The latter managed to hold its ground thanks to Patricia Arquette’s Supporting Actress win.

Not long ago when the Academy had pressed its Oscar sheet, the snubbing of great movies like ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Big Eyes’, ‘The Lego Movie’ and great actors like Amy Adams, Jennifer Aniston, David Oyelowo, Helen Mirren, Bill Murray, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz, had caught a lot of moss. Putting out Selma flame was a big rebuff this year since people claimed it to be a distinction on Academy’s part, not to mention the fact that a majority of voting members in the Oscar team are white.

Apart from the biggest surprise of the night, some more were strewn all along the event. Academy chose to ignore the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise once again giving precedence to ‘Big Hero 6’ in the animation department. Best Editing went to ‘Whiplash’ which again was a pie in the face for ‘Boyhood’. ‘American Sniper’ losing to ‘Whiplash’ in Sound Editing was another one. ‘Interstellar’ managed only one out of its five nominations. Surprise was Zimmer’s stunning score bowing down to Desplatic rhythm. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes overlooked in the Visual Effects department came as a big blow. However, it was a close call since Interstellar’s visuals were quite brilliant as well. It was great to see Glory glorified and Feast winning the Best Short Film Animated category. Winston just had to win 😉

Here is a short summary of what happened:

  • The Imitation Game (had 8 nominations, bagged 1)
  • Boyhood (had 6, bagged 1)
  • American Sniper (had 6, managed 1)
  • Birdman (had 9, got 4)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (had 9, got 4)
  • Whiplash (had 5, got 3)
  • Interstellar (had 5, got 1)
  • Foxcatcher (had 5, received none)

‘Foxcatcher’ was overlooked big time. Given the amount of work Bennett Miller had put in to create the beauty, he needed a little Academy respect and attention. Steve Carell’s transformational looks as John du Pont at least deserved a Makeup and Hairstyling accolade.

Rumours have continuously surrounded the Academy owing to its big decisions which seem pretty biased sometimes. The one that exemplifies the obvious perfectly – Incessant snubbing of Leonardo DiCaprio despite outstanding performances throughout his life. Academy even failed to recognize exceptional knacks of Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater last night. Both are yet to bag an Oscar, and that is just sad.

I picture Academy as one old crude witch, who just loves to see the world burn. If you have a favorite the Academy would snub it and shout “In your face!” in your face. Mainstream movies never even make it to the list.

Whatever the hammer says hardly bothers us though. We know for sure, nothing is really lost. The shattered are still celebrated. We still have incredible movies to watch thanks to sensational efforts put in by excellent directors, actors and the remaining crew.

If you didn’t make it, we don’t really care. Academy is just a bunch of people with their scathing point of view. If you consider all of us – people who watch you from every corner of the world, who care about every single thought you conceived to carve something beautiful, who praise your extraordinary efforts to create what we can only imagine, those who really love your work, who really encourage you do the exceptional, the real movie buffs, for us, you are still our winners! You will never lose! Let us raise one to that!