Good Kill Movie Review
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Good Kill taps into the U.S. Military drone program to question ethics and study the men, women and families effected by it.
That weight becomes heavier when his team is absorbed into secretive CIA special operations. It is easier to kill than capture. Under CIA control, the drone pilots start bringing down potential enemy combatants; individuals (and bystanders) not necessarily posing an immediate risk, but exhibit behavioral patterns associated with terror are recklessly mowed down.
That responsibility, to choose who lives and who dies, under such unscrupulous guidelines, is moral paint thinner. Tom’s layers of calm and obedience begin withering away to the vulnerable surface below. His addiction to alcohol and aviator sunglasses hides the guilt behind them.
Hawke delivers a solid performance, though the film is somewhat flat. He’s paired with January Jones who plays the neglected housewife in convincing form. This is the second partnership (Gattaca the first) between Hawke and filmmaker Andrew Niccol. His film evenly stokes the egos of both peace and war fanaticals, deluding any moral lessons if there were any. It’s fair and likely realistic, but it’s also bland and uneventful.
It kinda just droned on.