Ethan Hawke reunites with his "Gattaca" director Andrew Niccol in "GOOD KILL"
Movie review by Oliver Carnay
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. Niccol reunites with Ethan Hawke for this timely drama about the human costs of advanced war technology.
From the producers of "Hurt Locker" and "Dallas Buyers Club," the film is based on the actual events happened at the height of the Talibans war in 2010, the movie is as exhilarating as "American Sniper" with great chemistry and performances from Ethan Hawke and January Jones, who plays his wife. Outstanding is Zoe Kravitz playing Vera Suarez, the latest recruit drone fighter. Bruce Greenwood and Jake Abel also stars in the movie.
In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game–only with real lives at stake. This is the story of Air Force fighter pilot, Major Tommy Egan, who has been flying F-16’s in Iraq and Afghanistan. After six tours of duty, Egan 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 which is 7,000 miles away from the target. 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. Most importantly, he is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he now engaged in a war without end?
When director Niccol was asked what drew him to make a film about drone warfare he explained: "It used to be the case that if you went to war with a country, a fighter would actually go to that country. And now we're in a situation where we fight a lot of wars by remote control. I was interested in how a character like Ethan's might deal with the schizophrenia of that. The other aspect I found interesting is the fact that a lot of these pilots — especially the ones who have flown before — feel like cowards when they're engaging in drone warfare from afar. The military was going to issue a medal for drone pilots, but they had to rescind it because there was an outcry from actual pilots. This is a new kind of warfare that we've never seen before. I knew about drone strikes but I had never realized exactly what it entails to carry out that strike. The fact that a lot of these guys are based outside of Las Vegas was something you couldn't make up. I found it intriguing how we've transformed our desert into Las Vegas and now we're fighting another country, in another part of the world, where there's an actual desert — visually I found that very intriguing."
"Good Kill" is playing at the Arclight Cinemas- Hollywood in Los Angeles as well as in New York (see local listing) starting May 15,2015. It will be avaialble on Video On Demand on May 22nd.