too important to be entertaining (by karlericsson)
When a film is important enough it deserves all praise. This film is not for entertainment. It is a wake-up call. I remember when the first violent video-games appeared. it's at least 20 years ago. It's a whole generation now grown up that has been playing these games and developed considerable skills playing them. I have the audacity to claim that what is happening now is at least as old in the planning if not older still. So much evil for so long is hard to grasp. It takes your breath away but not in awe. Still, it makes you wonder. I know from personal experience that Muslim women <more>
are amongst the loveliest women on this earth and for some of their men this is also true but maybe not for a majority of them. But who am I to judge? I have not experienced drones that suddenly killed my whole family. I guess, such an experience would not make me a very loving person.
this is an excellent film about humanity vs patriotism. i like what one of the reviewers summary: "welcome to American chair force". yes, this film is exactly telling us that 'the war on terror' has been totally changed when the drone went into service. the drones kill and the drone also save on both accounts. killing the terrorists thousands and thousands miles away with extreme prejudice without mercy and without second thought indeed is a job only for the strong-minded or the stone-cold. but once your conscience kicked in and allow the humanity invaded your mine, any <more>
normal military person would be affected greatly.this film has deeply moved me in a certain way, and let me know that pulling trigger to eliminate a target thousands miles away is as hard as flying a jet fighter bomber dropping bombs over it. the only minor flaw of this film that i consider it a flop is the same cop stopping the guy two times in a row; how coincidentally convenient. other than that, i think that this is a fantastic film. the wife, by the way, is actually a wonderful woman and a good wife, so when he decided to drive up to reno to rebuild his family was such a good ending consider this is a small spoiler . this is a wonderful film.
Overall a nice flick. Though the movie keeps a steady pace with events, it keeps you absorbed. due to the brilliant acting of the cast. Tells the viewers how collateral damage to innocents is done intentionally. One thing true about military life is that you just obey orders. I can tell because I'm one. And the moment you start feeling and bring your heart to duty, they send you home. No matter what were your actual reasons, the bosses just save their skin and won't back you up in such times.The concept is beautifully shown. The strength a good life partner provides to his her spouse <more>
is life line in bad times. Moreover, it depicts the emotional pressures a job like a drone pilot offers. All this and lot more.
"Good Kill" reunites director Andrew Niccol with Ethan Hawke. Previously, they worked together in a terrific sci-fi film, "Gattaca". "Gattaca" was terrific because the film brought up many social issues in addition to being extremely entertaining. "Good Kill" is very similar in that it brings up many important issues and is also exceptionally well made and entertaining. It's so good, I cannot wait for these two to work together in the future.This movie is set in Nevada back in 2010. The use of attack drones by the US military is on the increase and <more>
one of their best pilots is Tom Egan Hawke . But since this is a new kind of war, Egan can kill Afghan rebels on the other side of the world...yet go home to his wife and kids at the end of the day. This all seems very surreal...yet folks like him are doing this every day. During all this time flying strikes for the Air Force, Egan is efficient and seems to have little compunction about what he's doing. However, when he begins to do assignments for the CIA as well, he and another member of his team, Corporal Suarez Zoë Kravitz , start having problems because the old rules of engagement are gone. No longer will they make sure with the same level of certainty before launching missiles at human beings. Now, they're being told who to attack and when...even when there are innocent civilians nearby in some cases and in others when they aren't sure they're getting the right people. At the same time all this is happening and Egan is having his doubts, his wife January Jones is also having her doubts--about their marriage. After all, Tom never talks about what he does and he's so distant. Heck, he almost never talks at all and he keeps internalizing his doubts--and in the process he pushes his lovely wife away. How is this all to end? He cannot keep drinking and stuffing his feelings down deeper and deeper forever--something has to give.This is an excellent film in every way. The script is very well written also by Niccole and the film doesn't pull any punches. It shows the ugliness of war and the ambiguities. Most importantly, it shows the emotional toll on those fighting this new and very unconventional war. It also forces the viewer to think about so many issues. But what I also really like about the film is that it has mass appeal--no matter what you think about this conflict, the movie has something that will resonate with the viewer. It is a truly unique film that would appeal to those on the left, the right and middle of the political spectrum and is well worth your time.
After such many either good or bad films which denounced the foreign policy of the United States and the war on Middle East, it would seem there are no longer any fresh perspectives or recent events to explore in this war or anti-war cinema. However, such many years of conflict have brought big changes to combat, and there are new things to say... what takes me to the fascinating movie Good Kill. The drones or unmanned air vehicles have been employed in many films or TV series, from 24 to Homeland two of my favorite series, by the way ; but thanks to Good Kill, I could appreciate the <more>
magnitude of this impersonal "war on a remote control" identified by an extreme paranoia of the government and intentional dehumanization of the victims... and I'm not only talking about the dehumanization of "collateral damage" generated by the bombings, but also about the one from the pilots trained as "gamers" who might not always comprehend the difference between a video game and a deadly attack. Having said that, I don't doubt the fact that director and screenwriter Andrew Niccol took many artistic licenses to make Good Kill more provocative. The reality of drones pilots might not be as distressing in real life, or such significant conflicts between officers and juniors might not exist. But, independently from the technical veracity of Good Kill, its handling of emotions and internal conflicts feels deeply human and honest, and after all, that's the main thing which makes this an excellent movie which remains on our memory for a long time. And we also have Ethan Hawke's solid performance in the leading role, which feels equally detailed and intense as a frustrated pilot and a family man with the same psychological traumas he would have suffered if he had personally been in the battlefield. January Jones also makes a good work as the suffering wife, even though some of the scenes she's in feel a bit unnecessary. Bruce Greenwood transmits perfect tone and texture as the pilots commander, constantly divided between his orders and "old-fashioned" attitude forged in the 1.0 version of this endless war. Zoë Kravitz is also credible as the rookie pilot, and I would also like to mention Peter Coyote in a subtle performance in which he transmits more truculence than many villains... even though we only hear his voice. So, Good Kill might be a bit improbable in its technical details, but I found it a captivating movie which leaves us a message which is very relevant for this century.
Pretty dark and depressing, as it's subject matter should dictate. (by Hellmant)
'GOOD KILL': Four and a Half Stars Out of Five A war film written and directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Ethan Hawke The two previously teamed together for 1997's 'GATTACA' and 2005's 'LORD OF WAR' . Hawke plays a former fighter pilot, who now works as a drone pilot for the U.S. Air Force, in Las Vegas , who has begun to seriously doubt the ethics of his job. The film costars Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood and January Jones. I really appreciate how honest and insightful the movie is and I've read that it's one of the most realistic war films ever <more>
made .Major Thomas Egan Hawke is a U.S. Air Force pilot, who now works as a drone pilot, in Las Vegas. He lives in the suburbs, with his wife Jones and kids, and he's seriously began doubting the morals of the job he's doing. He really wants to fly again, and he hates the lack of action, in his current job, and the excessive amount of collateral damage, he's responsible for. His relationship with his wife, has grown troublesome, as a result of the stress at his work, and a new copilot Kravitz appears to have taken a liking to him. The movie is pretty dark and depressing, as it's subject matter should dictate, but it's also somewhat morally encouraging; to see how much the job of killing, affects those involved. Hawke gives another amazing performance, in the lead, and Kravitz and Greenwood are both good, in supporting roles. It's also really nice to see Niccol making well made, and very powerful, films again after his past couple duds; 'IN TIME' and 'THE HOST' . 'GOOD KILL' is definitely not a fun, or entertaining, movie; but it is an extremely important one!Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v bP0y3MxfaMM
Drones with Hellfire missiles lurk for entire days over selected targets around the world. Those who control the drones, sitting in air conditioned shipping containers near Las Vegas, are close enough sometimes to see the expressions on the faces of people as the missiles strike. The film explores complications involved in the strikes including; how easy it is for innocents to end up among the dead, difficulties in determining when and who to hit, confused chains of command, how easy it is to make mistakes or corrupt the process, and how we might feel if we were in the shoes of our targets. <more>
Major Thomas Egan Ethan Hawke is a vodka guzzling former pilot who laments how the U.S. Air Force has become the "U.S. Chair Force." We follow him in the office and at home as he sinks into depression, indifference and fatigue, and he still controls the trigger that determines, somewhat shakily at times, who lives or dies. While the plot could use some additional creativity and depth, and the acting is somewhat shallow, the film explores a fascinating subject. Actual strikes, from Wikileaks, add an extra dose or realism. Seen at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
War ethics? Psychological effects of killing people through a screen? Well worth the detour... (by protilius-862-771061)
About 20 minutes in I started to really gravitate to the subject material. I didn't realize this was going to be a film that would capture my attention as much as it did.The main story is about the drone operators in our armed services, and his life while doing a job that requires taking lives all too frequently. Its very interesting, watching the psychological stresses of "being a fly on the wall," much less a fly with the option to light your day up. Basically, a drone operator's job consists of killing and spying on terrorists.As a part of a drone team currently operating <more>
various military and CIA operations, the main characters live in Vegas, and pretty much do this from their local office just down the road from home. So these "soldiers" don't tour like a normal soldier might. They're posted locally... And their jobs do not require travel with today's communication tech.You see, They get into their car... Drive to an undisclosed military base close by daily commute ... Walk into a trailer loaded with state of the art communications and drone equipment... Sit down at their station... And kill people on the other side of the planet through a monitor with super HD resolution. Military tech blows your progressive scan out of the water, just saying. The job is far from a normal one..."You punch out... You drive home to your picture perfect neighborhood, your picture perfect family, but the images stay with you... Your actions... Stay with you."Hands down a great topic to base a film on. Really enjoying it thoroughly...By 40 minutes into this film, every news report I've seen on drones, every public debate and moral argument about the accountability in drone strikes... It all shot to the front of my thoughts as John Stewart rants suddenly came into focus.A worthy watch... Real eye opener to how easily these resources could be abused and miss used by our shadowy government structure.Leaves so many ethical boundaries scathed by the existence of this truly "hands off" way of going to war... And the kicker?We've been doing it for years.Its no wonder America is so hated...Great film. Does a wonderful job exploring the arguments from every side... And makes some great points that show how grey war and terrorism can become.At what point does "fighting terrorism" cross that line? When do the protectors of freedom become another societies terrorist?This all comes into question as the supervisors of the drone teams make it very clear to them that their mission is a "Pre-Emptive Strike" against terrorism. It touches on so many conversations that would demand too much accountability... Yet, our continued actions literally propel a cycle of violence forward by becoming the "PreEmptive" strikers.It does good making the viewer aware of the potential "other side" perspective on how American's operate. It does a better job showing the psychological effects on the drone pilots that are forced to follow questionably unethical orders... Day, after day, after day.I gotta say... Its a dialog that needs to happen. I'm really pleased someone made this film. They pulled together an excellent presentation of the issue while entertaining me with solid performances and an occasionally moving script.This is a great film for anyone who wants to learn about what our military is doing and how drone strikes work... It keeps you engaged once you're in, offers a fair amount of big moments to chew on, and ultimately weaves a great story. Dare I say, its as good as American Sniper... Just in different ways. You can tell the films are by two completely different teams. But thats not to say the stories aren't equally compelling in nature.I have to say that beyond the movie... Its awesome to see Ethan Hawke in so many interesting roles over the last couple years.Totally worth your time. Great film.
A deep film that is more of a thinking movie than an entertaining one (by almosalami)
This is a, at least in my opinion, a realistic portrayal of the inner conflict of UAV "pilot" and has very real characters with very real moral conflicts, and to me, that's a very interesting setup and my kind of movie. I don't think this'll be everyone's movie though. There's no epic awesome action sequence or extremely tense moments there is a couple of moments that are more intense than the overall feel of the movie but not super intense . The main thing this movie has going for it is the deep gray-area type of moral conflict that the characters not just the <more>
main character face and it makes you think about them. Towards the end however, there is a very satisfactory feel that made you feel good and "all is just in the world" and that's a big plus for a movie like this, because a lot of these types of movie end in somewhat of an empty way. Now, as stated, because this isn't a entertainment kind of movie, there are going to be people saying that the characters were boring and monotonous, etc., but really, that's what fit the movie setup, and that's what is realistic. It's definitely not for everyone, but it was my type of film and I enjoyed it and plan to rewatch it to rethink through the moral conflicts in the movie.