Sunday, May 3, 2015

Good Kill (2014)

IMDb plot summary: A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot.
Directed by Andrew Niccol. Starring Ethan Hawke, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, and January Jones.

This movie is fascinating in comparison to last year's big soldier movie, American Sniper. I'm not sure it's a *better* film than American Sniper -- it's pretty simplistic and Hawke is a little more wooden than even his jaded character requires -- but it's certainly a much more interesting one, and at least it had the guts to follow through the character arcs it was drawing. The final scene, in fact, is immensely satisfying after all the dramatic buildup.

Andrew Niccol, who has written one of my all-time favorite films (The Truman Show), is here writing again, and while I'm not sure the movie holds together from a distance, the moment-to-moment writing is excellent, with each moment naturally proceeding from the previous one. Overall, despite the film's flaws, I really enjoyed it, and I admired what it was trying to do.

3.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Good Kill > North By Northwest
Good Kill < Argo
Good Kill > You've Got Mail
Good Kill < Mr. Deeds Goes to town
Good Kill > Stage Fright
Good Kill > The Country Girl
Good Kill > Monsters Vs. Aliens
Good Kill > Jesus Christ Superstar (2000)
Good Kill > It's Kind of a Funny Story
Good Kill > The Tree of Life
Good Kill > The Great Gatsby (1974)
Final spot: #736 out of 2354.

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