From their portacabin of death, all-American jocks get to blow shit up with only RSI to fear; the lady cries yet complies; Ethan Hawke has a moral crisis whilst remaining utterly immoral; Betty Draper makes an appearance.
It’s unclear if Good Kill is boring intentionally or by accident; it would be an unusual artistic choice for a director to emulate drone warfare’s detachment and repetition consciously, yet that’s exactly the effect Niccol created.
Despite setting up the absurdity of remote-control combat, a CIA-led Milgram experiment is unoriginal and the dialogue, filled with star-spangled slogans, is dreadful.
With more stereotypes than you can shake a joystick at, Good Kill reduces an important debate to a cliché-ridden mess. You’ll die of boredom before it hits its target.
CAST: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood
DIRECTOR: Andrew Niccol
WRITER: Andrew Niccol
SYNOPSIS: A fighter pilot turned drone pilot fights the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife for the other 12.