Good Kill

Good Kill

Andrew Niccol (2014)

98min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Reassigned from flying combat missions in the field to operating drone strikes from a military base just outside Las Vegas, a US Air Force pilot (Ethan Hawke) experiences the horrifying contradictions of modern warfare in this drama reuniting Hawke with Gattaca director Andrew Niccol. After wiping out CIA-approved targets from the air, Major Egan drives home each day to beer, barbecue and a long-suffering wife (January Jones), a wrenching juxtaposition that soon takes a mental toll. As Hawke's comrades, including gruffly pragmatic commanding officer Bruce Greenwood, express a range of opinions from unquestioning obedience to extreme moral unease at their mission, Niccol is clearly out to make a political point about what's being done in the name of national security. As such this is a cautionary counterpart to Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, and while its largely intimate surroundings can make the drama appear rather small-scale, the effectively simmering central performance helps create a potent and provocative report on how combat is mutating into a real-life video-game.

Summary

A veteran fighter pilot is reassigned as a drone operator, but longs to return to flying planes personally. His marriage begins to suffer as he struggles to cope with the ethical issues and immense psychological pressure of his work, particularly when he is forced to take orders from the CIA. Drama, starring Ethan Hawke, Zoe Kravitz and January Jones.

Cast & Crew

Tom Egan Ethan Hawke
Lt Col Johns Bruce Greenwood
Vera Suarez Zoë Kravitz
Zimmer Jake Abel
Molly Egan January Jones
Iris Kristen Rakes
Emily James Alma Sisneros
Director Andrew Niccol
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ArrowAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Apr 2015
Drama