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Good Kill (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Thought-provoking, timely, and anchored by a strong performance from Ethan Hawke, Good Kill is a modern war movie with a troubled conscience.

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In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game-only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) yearns to get back into the cockpit of a real plane, but he now fights theTaliban from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert. When he and his crew start taking orders directly from the CIA, and the stakes are raised, Egan's nerves-and his relationship with his wife (Mad Men's January Jones)-begin to unravel. Revealing the psychological toll drone pilots endure as they are forced to witness the aftermath of their fight against insurgents, Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) directs this riveting insider's view of 21st-century warfare, in which operatives target enemies from half a world away. (C) IFC Films
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R (for violent content inckluding a rape, language, and some sexuality)
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Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Ethan Hawke
as Thomas Egan
January Jones
as Molly Egan
Jake Abel
as Zimmer
Zoë Kravitz
as Vera Siarez
Bruce Greenwood
as Col. Jack Johns
Akshay Patel
as Army Pilot
Alma Sisneros
as Emily James
Dylan Kenin
as Capt. Ed Christie
Bill Seward
as Sports Anchor
Rich Chavez
as A1C Thomas Rutledge
Sachie Capitani
as Jesse Egan
Stephen M. Hardin
as Casino/Bar Patron
Jahan Khalili
as Muslim Man
Jessica Stotz Harrell
as Airman Jean Jacobson
Edric Ray
as Airman Steven Willer
Colin Jones
as Frank
Ross Shaw
as Lt. Drier
Peter Coyote
as Langley
Kevin Wiggins
as Trooper Morgan
Zion Leyba
as Travis Egan
Ryan Montano
as Airman Roy Carlos
Chakir Faiz
as The Man
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Critic Reviews for Good Kill

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (33)

Good Kill excels as a character study with Niccol's screenplay making Egan a fascinatingly conflicted and flawed individual and Ethan Hawke giving one of his best recent performances bringing the man to life.

Full Review… | May 23, 2015
ReelViews
Top Critic

But the visuals pack a visceral punch. Every time Tom zeroes in on a target, every time he pushes that button, what we see on those monitors is brutally authentic.

May 22, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

"Good Kill" is darkly enlightening, but it's not really all that good.

Full Review… | May 22, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

The audience seems likely to leave feeling scolded or pandered to, depending. Not a great time.

Full Review… | May 21, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

"Good Kill" wants to use the movies as a Trojan horse to confront us with our international sins. It's a worthy effort, even if it's not a very well-built horse.

Full Review… | May 21, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Thoughtful and immensely gripping ...

Full Review… | May 21, 2015
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Good Kill

½

The growingly popular "Modern Warfare" sub-genre, Good Kill is about drone warfare and how an Air Force pilot is forced to become a drone pilot and struggles during the transition. A film like this poses many questions regarding the morality of drone warfare, the problem is it doesn't fully explore them. Instead we are focussed on Hawke's character and how his work life is affecting his personal life. The film does have an excellent cast, Hawke adds another great performance to his filmography but the real star is Greenwood who plays a colonel (a ridiculously underrated actor), Jones and Kravitz are also good. The visuals of terror is great, with very realistic drone combat that is sure to make some look on with horror. The script is so-so, with some pacing issues but director Andrew Niccol does his best to keep the suspense. Overall, a well acted drone warfare movie which vaguely explores the moral issues that comes with it.

Luke Andrews
Luke Andrews

Super Reviewer

½

Superb "modern warfare" drama that proceeded the flashier Eye In The Sky but is just as riveting, wobbling only slightly in sine occasionally overwritten dialogue and too-neat ending. Ethan Hawke brings a depth and nuance to his role and the direction is unfussy and focused.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

½

A drone pilot struggles with the morality of his job, the urge to fly again, and his marriage. Primarily this film is a debate about the ethics of drone warfare and the "War on Terror." The supporting characters are representatives of political positions, their metonymic function is to parrot the arguments for and against bombing sovereign nations, collateral damage (bombing civilians), and bombing people who might eventually bomb Americans. An overwhelming percentage of the film serves to present this argument, and while the content of their exchanges is largely substantive, it creates an inauthenticity to the film; I doubt that real military personnel engage in this kind of debate in this kind of language. Even January Jones's character becomes a mash of two types: the supportive military wife mixed with the disloyal military wife. Except for the main character, all of the others are cliched types. Ethan Hawke's performance is pretty good. His sensitive eyes and taut jaw convey Tom's conflict, but he's not served by the script, which doesn't give him too far to go in Tom's emotional and ethical development. In one scene, Tom feels guilty about bombing people from thousands of miles away, and in the next scene he feels more guilty about doing the same thing. Hawke does his best, and he's a talented actor, believable in this role, but I wish he had had more to work with. Overall, despite my complaints, Good Kill is not a bad film, but a greater focus on character would've made it better.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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