The Kill Team

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Flawed yet viscerally effective, The Kill Team interrogates battlefield morality with a hard-hitting intensity further amplified by a talented cast.

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When Andrew Briggman (Nat Wolff), a young soldier in the US invasion of Afghanistan, witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians under the direction of a sadistic leader, Sergeant Deeks (Alexander Skarsgård), he considers reporting them to higher-ups -- but the heavily-armed, increasingly violent platoon becomes suspicious that someone in their ranks has turned on them, and Andrew begins to fear that he'll be the next target. From writer-director Dan Krauss, and based on the same events that inspired his awardwinning 2013 documentary of the same name, The Kill Team is an urgent and explosive recounting of one of the darkest incidents in the not-so-distant history of American military exploits.

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (15)

  • The Kill Team's depiction of toxic masculinity and bloodthirstiness within the U.S. Army is blunted by an overly passive lead performance and a lack of specificity in its storytelling.

    October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

    Roxana Hadadi

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  • The Kill Team is lean, sincere, impassioned filmmaking, yet it fails to leave as much of an impression as it clearly wants to.

    October 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's actually the second half I found the most compelling... I find the last 30 minutes the most interesting of all, but [director Dan Krauss] doesn't explore it as much as I wish he would.

    October 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Krauss digs into the murky, uneasy morality of wartime, but "The Kill Team" doesn't quite convey the brutality of these crimes with the same power that news accounts or even Krauss' own documentary have.

    October 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "The Kill Team" is so skillfully made, sharply paced (it clocks in under 90 minutes), and generally well-acted (Skarsgard in particular) that its flaws are easy to forgive.

    October 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If nothing else, hopefully this stillborn narrative version of the story will prompt viewers to seek out Krauss' far superior documentary.

    October 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 01, 2020
    A war film unlike any I have personally seen before, but not a perfect one. Has important things to say, but has them delivered, while, not unbelievably, blandly. The Kill Team shows us that Wolff's character is having a moral crisis, but never his thought process, nor that of any other character, and the reasoning behind why they aren't having one.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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