Eye in the Sky

Musical Score By: Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the action thriller, Eye in the Sky, Helen Mirren is Colonel Katherine Powell, a United Kingdom-based military officer.  Commanding a top-secret drone operation founded to capture terrorists in Kenya, Colonel Powell is morally and ethically challenged when her mission escalates from capture to kill.  Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, the Colonel learns that the terrorists she was seeking to capture have a huge cache of weapons and vest bombs.  But giving the order to take the kill shot is not all that simple, especially when a nine-year-old girl enters the kill zone.

                The musical score of Eye in the Sky was created through the combined efforts of two composers from South Africa: Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian.  Trained as a concert pianist under Adolphe Hallis, Paul Hepker worked as a musical director at the National Theatres in Pretoria and Cape Town.  He has performed or recorded with such notable artists as Shirley Bassey, Miriam Makeba, Ice Cube and Vusi Mahlasela.  Scoring and song credits in film include Shepherds and Butchers, Kite, Tsotsi, Rendition, The Bird Canít Fly, Into the Light, Deadliest Catch, Impact, Into the Firestorm and Shark Taggers

                Mark Kilian began his career as a jazz pianist performing with the Brubecks, Shirley Bassey, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Airto Moreira as well as performing in some musical theater.  Upon completion of his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano and Masters Degree in Composition and Film Scoring, Kilian headed to 1994 and a graduate program in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.  Scoring credits include Lovergirl, Tsotsi, Traitor, Rendition, Bless Me Utlima, Before the Rains, Revenge of the Green Dragons, The Ward, Trust Me, Repentance, Pitch Perfect, Killer Women and Daybreak.

                The score of Eye in the Sky is somber, bordering on ominous.  Snare drum flares clue you in on the military aspect of the film.  Exotic strings and woodwinds, Mark Kilianís specialty, offer a nod toward the locale of the targetsí location.  The somber moments in the score speak to the seriousness of the mission, while the electronic sound used in repetitive style offer up a heightened sense of danger and a heightened sense of stress amongst all involved in the decision of fire or donít fire. 

                I had seen promos for Eye in the Sky and found the concept of the film interesting, but it wasnít until I listened to the intense score created for the film by Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian that I became inspired to see this film.  Seeing the visuals and listening to the dialogue with this score in the background is bound to be an amazing film experience and I canít wait to partake in it.


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