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Good Kill

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Disturbing scenes in heavy but effective war-related drama.

Movie R 2015 102 minutes
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Though the movie is heavy and preachy, with characters making too many speeches, Hawke's powerful performance humanizes the incendiary material and gives it an emotional heft. Writer/director Andrew Niccol specializes in movies about people trapped in mechanized worlds, though he usually achieves a bit more success with some irony infused in the storytelling.

In GOOD KILL, which is based on actual events, the irony is all spoken out loud: At least two characters -- seasoned Colonel Jack Johns (Bruce Greenwood) and new recruit Vera Suarez (Kravitz) -- seem to be in the film almost solely for that purpose. Thankfully, Hawke digs into a very dark place for his role (his anguish draws real empathy from viewers), and Jones matches him as his suffering wife who continually tries to reach him but also has a life of her own. And Niccol makes expert, thoughtful use of the bunker interiors, crossed with the wide-open spaces of Las Vegas.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 15, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: September 1, 2015
  • Cast: Ethan Hawke , Bruce Greenwood , January Jones
  • Director: Andrew Niccol
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: IFC Films
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violent content including a rape, language, and some sexuality
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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