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Good Kill (2014)

R | | Drama, Thriller, War | 15 May 2015 (USA)
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A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot.

Director:

Andrew Niccol

Writer:

Andrew Niccol
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fatima El Bahraouy Fatima El Bahraouy ... The Woman (as Fatima El Bahraquy)
El Khttabi Abdelouahab El Khttabi Abdelouahab ... The Boy
Ethan Hawke ... Major Thomas Egan
Bruce Greenwood ... Lt. Colonel Jack Johns
Jake Abel ... M.I.C. Joseph Zimmer
Ryan Montano Ryan Montano ... Airman Roy Carlos
Dylan Kenin ... Capt. Ed Christie
Stafford Douglas ... Billy
Zion Rain Leyba Zion Rain Leyba ... Travis Egan (as Zion Leyba)
January Jones ... Molly Egan
Sachie Capitani ... Jesse Egan
Michael Sheets ... Danny
Zoë Kravitz ... Airman Vera Suarez
Ross Shaw Ross Shaw ... Lt. Drier
Chakir Faiz Chakir Faiz ... The Man
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Storyline

A Las Vegas-based 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 and kids for the other 12. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he's killing? Is he fighting a war without end. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you never face your enemy, how can you face yourself.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content including a rape, language, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is the third time Ethan Hawke and director Andrew Niccol have worked together, the first time being in Gattaca (1997). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Suarez says "I turned in my wings" (resigned from the Air Force) and therefore the regulations barring fraternization between officers and enlisted no longer apply to her and Egan. Enlisted personnel do not have the privilege of resigning from the United States armed forces. Officers do, in certain circumstances. Enlisted personnel can choose not to re-enlist when their current enlistment ends, but they can't just quit. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom Egan: Eyes on the Kahili objective. 19:30 hours. Entering surveillance hour four. No sign of target... Non-combatant approaching... Two non-combatants.
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Connections

Featured in Projector: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2/Good Kill (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Million Trillion
Written by Chief WaKil (as Mansa Wakili)
Performed by Chief WaKil
Courtesy of Format Entertainment
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U.S. Chair Force
12 October 2014 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Drones with Hellfire missiles lurk for entire days over selected targets around the world. Those who control the drones, sitting in air conditioned shipping containers near Las Vegas, are close enough sometimes to see the expressions on the faces of people as the missiles strike. The film explores complications involved in the strikes including; how easy it is for innocents to end up among the dead, difficulties in determining when and who to hit, confused chains of command, how easy it is to make mistakes or corrupt the process, and how we might feel if we were in the shoes of our targets. Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) is a vodka guzzling former pilot who laments how the U.S. Air Force has become the "U.S. Chair Force." We follow him in the office and at home as he sinks into depression, indifference and fatigue, and he still controls the trigger that determines, somewhat shakily at times, who lives or dies. While the plot could use some additional creativity and depth, and the acting is somewhat shallow, the film explores a fascinating subject. Actual strikes, from Wikileaks, add an extra dose or realism. Seen at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,750, 17 May 2015

Gross USA:

$316,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,474,471
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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