Main Plot Points:
- 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 the Taliban 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.
What We Thought:
- Good Kill should be called American Drone Sniper.
- That’s not necessarily a slight, but it’s very similar to the Bradley Cooper film except for being thousands of miles away from the action.
- Overall I liked the film, I just didn’t love it. It shows a different side of war, the new technology based side. Ethan Hawke plays a drone pilot who blows up targets in the Middle East from the United States.
- That’s pretty fascinating, the fact you can blow up a building in another part of the world with a joystick in Las Vegas. Hawke was a former pilot who wants back in the air, but is forced into this job.
- The biggest issue with the movie is, beyond seeing how you can destroy something and someone with a drone, there’s nothing all that new about the film. It questions what is a target and what isn’t, whether collateral damage is acceptable and just war in general. Hawke seems to have some PTSD and his relationship with family suffers because of it. We’ve seen all that before though so nothing about the film really stands out.
- Good Kill isn‘t bad, but it‘s not that great either. I liked the drone story, but other than that, nothing is all that new for the viewer. Hawke’s not bad and the film is well made, but it won’t do much at the box office.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Ethan Hawke
- Zoe Kravitz
- January Jones
Recommended if You Like:
- American Sniper
- The Hurt Locker
- War Movies