Good Kill

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Good Kill

A somber, intelligent drama that critiques Obama’s ongoing drone policy while still positioning its button-pushing characters as tortured antiheroes, Good Kill tries to have it both ways. Ethan Hawke is in fine, terse form as Tommy Egan, a former pilot now confined to a shipping crate outside of Las Vegas, taking computerized potshots at Taliban targets half a world away. His marriage is crumbling, his kids barely recognize him, and he’s starting to question the morality of his mission, especially when orders come down from the CIA to step up the attacks.

Good Kill is a claustrophobic film, offering a stunningly photographed exploration of domestic banality: Tommy’s house is a featureless box backed up against an empty desert. His life is devoid of joy or meaning. But how much are we supposed to care? Yes, Tommy’s orders are repellent, but does following them make him a good soldier? That’s the question writer-director Andrew Niccol never comes to terms with, preferring a hands-off approach that feels less like calculated distance than a cowardly refusal to engage.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday May 15 2015
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Andrew Niccol
Screenwriter: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Ethan Hawke
January Jones
Zoë Kravitz
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