Movie: Eye in the Sky

Let’s be honest, I could watch Helen Mirrin grocery shopping and be completely rapt… that’s a no brainer. I do, however, have issues with her latest film, Eye in the Sky. Well, issues with the preview at least. No, I haven’t seen this movie yet but first impressions are important if only in contrast to post-impression.

My first impression upon seeing the preview [ apart from “Yay Helen Mirrin!” ] was, “They have robotic hummingbirds and beetles!?! For the love of all that’s logical, load one of those hummers up with poison gas or a mini-gatling gun or some such and make the whole premise of this movie MOOT!”

Producers and directors are scowling at me right now but that’s ok I have a highly developed reciprocating scowl.

The reviews I have read about this movie have been glowing [ Helen Mirrin, need I say more? I know, I do I keep saying more… ] but upon seeing the preview I felt the same frustration I feel when I watch otherwise intelligent people insist upon creating their own dramatic tragedies in their daily lives and then say they hate drama.

You are your own worst enemy!

The important moral dilemma that seems to be the foundation of this whole movie could have been made MOOT through proper utilization of technology. They have ROBOTIC FLYING BIRDS AND BEETLES and no stopped to think, “Hey, you think drones are ‘surgical’ this is flat out laser surgery!”

But no.

Drama.

Patriotic robotic hummingbird shakes its head.

Labels

Every moment of every day we bear the burden of labels.

Even when we sleep we are still, in retrospect, ‘dreamers’, ‘insomniacs, ‘snorers.

Labels can be useful to get a quick impression of a person, but too often those impressions are automatically filed into categories that only serve our expectations and establish our social standing in relation to; ‘boss’, ‘barista’, ‘beggar’. It’s comforting to quickly settle into a power/control or submission/petition role.  It’s human nature to seek comfort.

But comfort deceives.

Labels deceive.

The labels we assign to others and even those we assign to ourselves limit our potential for growth and understanding.

Nuance and flexibility are a roadblock to our certitude.
They make us uncomfortable.

Choose to be happy with discomfort.