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Mini-Movie Review: “Eye in the Sky”

Eye in the SkyThe summer season usually brings no shortage of well-advertised, crowd-pleasing choices at the local movie theater. But having three young kids means I’m much more likely to scan what’s available for rent than check out current show times. In this case, it meant that I came across “Eye in the Sky,” a film released on video a few weeks ago that I might otherwise have overlooked. On a basic level, it’s a tightly executed thriller that steadily increases the dramatic tension for the viewer. But focusing as it does on the role of drones in the global conflict against terrorism, “Eye in the Sky” also proves to be a timely, thought-provoking, and surprisingly human film. I think most will find it well worth the watch.

Here’s a few (spoiler free) reasons for my recommendation:

Recent Op-Ed: Abortion Involves No Moral Debate

In a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post, Janet Harris takes issue with those who describe abortion as a “difficult decision.” Of the problems she associates with such language, she finds one to be especially troublesome:

It is a tacit acknowledgment that terminating a pregnancy is a moral issue requiring an ethical debate. To say that deciding to have an abortion is a “hard choice” implies a debate about whether the fetus should live, thereby endowing it with a status of being. It puts the focus on the fetus rather than the woman. As a result, the question “What kind of future would the woman have as a result of an unwanted pregnancy?” gets sacrificed. By implying that terminating a pregnancy is a moral issue, pro-choice advocates forfeit control of the discussion to anti-choice conservatives.

Contrary to numerous movies and “very special” television episodes portraying abortion as an agonizing, complex decision (“Obvious Child” notwithstanding), for many it is a simple choice and often the only practical option.

What to say in response?