Good Kill (2014) directed by Andrew Niccol - 6.5/10
The deterioration of a man with a heavy job that manages to end slightly positively.
I remember seeing the trailer for this one I while back and being really excited to see it. It popped up on Netflix and I was not excited to see it. Tonight, I watched it for the first time, and I’m glad I did.
I hopped aboard the Ethan Hawks train once I saw him in Training Day. He’s been one of my favorite actors since then, and I look forward to seeing in him films, but as I previously said, don’t always make an effort to see them.
This one ended up better than I expected. The film follows Ethan’s character, Major Thomas Egan, as he struggles with the fact that he wants to be an Air Force pilot, but is stuck in Las Vegas in a tiny room blowing up “terrorists” with a computer. The supporting characters are a great mix of characters that allow you to view their job from different perspectives. You’ve got the Lt. Colonel who’s kinda over what he does, but still does it. You’ve got the two dudes who love blowing up baddies to protect America. And then you’ve got the noobie who looks at the job with young, innocent , and sympathetic eyes.
As the opens itself up, you get to see the effects that this job of mindlessly blowing up potential bad guys and innocent civilians across the world can do to you. This man is an alcoholic which must be due to the stress he deals with.
The film does a pretty solid job of breaking this man down, and right near the end, when you think he’s gonna blow up, no pun intended, he actually manages to set some things straight.
Overall, a solid film that allows you to look at the effects of the ease that the U.S. military/government has to kill people across the world. Ethan Hawke does an awesome job playing his role.