Lorey Sebastian
Chris Nashawaty
May 15, 2015 AT 07:24 PM EDT

Good Kill

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
103 minutes
release date
05/15/15
Limited Release Date
05/15/15
Wide Release Date
05/15/15
performer
Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz
director
Andrew Niccol
genre
Drama, Thriller

We gave it a B-

There’s an important movie to be made about the knotty moral dilemma of America’s 21st-century drone-warfare program, but Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill isn’t quite it. Ethan Hawke plays an Air Force pilot unhappily reassigned to “Chair Force” duty, where he rains death on individual Taliban targets from an air-conditioned kiosk 7,000 miles away in the Nevada desert. His new assignment as the CIA’s long-distance executioner doesn’t sit well with him and eventually rips apart his family (January Jones does what she can with a Betty Draper-ish wife role). Good Kill is well-intentioned, but the topic of joystick combat needs more nuanced treatment than it gets here. B–

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