A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Deals with a complex decision: whether to stay loyal to one's "brothers" (soldiers who form intense bonds under stressful conditions) or to do what seems to be the right thing, even if it's seen as betrayal. What is the "right thing" in a situation like this?
Positive Role Models
It could be argued that Briggman is a role model for standing up to wrongdoing and risking everything, including his own life, to stop further killings. But movie presents the situation as complex, without a clear-cut victory.
Violence & Scariness
War/military violence includes guns and shooting, IED explosion, grenades. Dead bodies and bloody, gory wounds. Soldiers rough up civilians. Fighting, punching, wrestling. Ear-biting. Shoving, yelling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
"Reading material" (i.e., Hustler magazine) is passed out to soldiers; the cover -- featuring a scantily clad woman -- is visible.
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Frequent, strong language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "c--ksucker," "s--t," "bulls--t," "c--k," "p---y," "d--k," "ass," "pissed," "goddamn," "balls," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Soldiers smoke "hash" in more than one scene. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kill Team is a well-made war drama based on the same-named 2013 documentary. It centers on a U.S. Army private stationed in Afghanistan who decides to speak out against murders committed by his sergeant and his platoon. Expect quite a bit of war/military violence, including guns and shooting, explosions, dead bodies, bloody/gory wounds, fighting, wrestling, punching, and more. Language is also very strong, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "c--ksucker," and more. Copies of Hustler magazine are shown, though only the cover (featuring a scantily clad woman) is visible. Soldiers smoke hash in more than one scene, and cigarette smoking is fairly common. The movie is tense, compact, and complex and could lead to some interesting discussions. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This war drama, written and directed by Dan Krauss and based on his own same-named 2013 documentary, is tense and compact but also morally nuanced. It stays complex rather than finding solutions. With The Kill Team, Krauss has fictionalized real events that took place in 2010 in Afghanistan, but he's kept the consequences. The movie digs deep into the code of honor that quickly forms among soldiers in war zones; their brotherhood becomes more important than anything else, and to betray it is the ultimate crime. So Briggsy's choice to try to do what he thinks is right is never seen as an easy one -- nor one that eases into a clean, final conclusion.
Krauss builds the movie almost as a suspense thriller, with Briggsy trying to go about his duties without ever knowing just how much his comrades suspect. In the lead role, Wolff is asked to juggle a great deal, a subtle combination of looking guilty and suspicious for the audience, while also trying to put on a poker face for the other characters. It's a difficult role, and Wolff mostly pulls it off. Skarsgard, with his startlingly soft-spoken demeanor and cross between fatherly assurance and psychopathic menace, is the movie's ace in the hole; he's superb and almost singlehandedly responsible for generating the movie's tension. The Kill Team is clear on one thing: It shows the murders indirectly, from the point of view of the victims' loved ones, and these reactions tell their own story.
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