Good Kill

Good Kill

Good Kill

Ethan Hawke and writer-director Andrew Niccol re-team a decade after Lord of War for this psychological examination of a US fighter pilot turned drone pilot.

As he is exposed to the war against the Taliban – from a safe vantage point with a remote control in hand – moral boundaries begin to bend and his desire to go back out into the field grows with it. Co-stars January Jones (Man Men), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and Zoë Kravitz (Divergent).

2014Rating: M102 minsUSA
DramaThrillerWar
Director:
Andrew Niccol ('Lord of War', 'Gattaca', 'In Time', 'The Host')
Writer:
Andrew Niccol
Cast:
Ethan HawkeJanuary JonesZoë KravitzBruce GreenwoodJake Abel

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Fraught and immaculate in its escalation of ideas and character friction...

Time Out

Time Out

press

A sombre, intelligent drama that critiques Obama's ongoing drone policy while still positioning its button-pushing characters as tortured anti-heroes.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A searching, timely drama about the dehumanising effects of waging war at a distance.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Disregard the arguments for and against drone warfare advanced in "Good Kill," and the movie still makes a persuasive case that our blind infatuation with all-powerful technology is stripping us of our humanity.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Niccol creates an atmosphere that is airless and dull, an unusual tone for a modern war film, but one that fits the subject matter perfectly.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Where Niccol succeeds is in creating an atmosphere of self-loathing, both for those manning the drones and the audience watching them work.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Niccol weighs the human toll on both aggressor and target with intelligence and compassion, while questioning whether technological warfare is inevitably destined to be an unending cycle.

Variety

Variety

press

Fraught and immaculate in its escalation of ideas and character friction...

Time Out

Time Out

press

A sombre, intelligent drama that critiques Obama's ongoing drone policy while still positioning its button-pushing characters as tortured anti-heroes.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A searching, timely drama about the dehumanising effects of waging war at a distance.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Disregard the arguments for and against drone warfare advanced in "Good Kill," and the movie still makes a persuasive case that our blind infatuation with all-powerful technology is stripping us of our humanity.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Niccol creates an atmosphere that is airless and dull, an unusual tone for a modern war film, but one that fits the subject matter perfectly.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Where Niccol succeeds is in creating an atmosphere of self-loathing, both for those manning the drones and the audience watching them work.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Niccol weighs the human toll on both aggressor and target with intelligence and compassion, while questioning whether technological warfare is inevitably destined to be an unending cycle.

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