Flash Movie Review: Good Kill

I always watch the way their fingers move like spider’s legs weaving a web. There is a rhythm to it that is not familiar to me.  These fingers always belong to a younger person, even those all the way down to 5 year olds. When I see them playing their video games my focus is more on their dexterity than the actual game, especially if the game is filled with guns and violence. I see enough of that in our everyday life. This is the reason why I will not teach any aerobic classes that involve punching and kicking, with titles like aerobic combat or fitness war. I have seen enough people playing video games that I sit and marvel how we created this whole new generation of humans who have this incredible eye and hand coordination; besides video games, where else could they apply this skill? My years of playing piano have given me a certain control over my fingers, but I do not come close to those individuals referred to as gamers. There is one aspect of the video game experience that I am curious about that concerns the long term effects of playing violent games. Will a person become less shocked or even oblivious to seeing violence? Seeing war footage from the various news services, will it only be perceived in a video game context? These are things I think about and this movie could be used as an example for it.    AFTER serving several tours of duty as an air force pilot Major Thomas Egan, played by Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day), found himself sitting in a metal box looking at a video screen all day as a drone pilot. As the level of targets increased something was starting to eat away at his conscience. This film festival nominee was a chilling thriller. I was riveted to the movie screen because I could not tell if I was watching reenacted or real military scenes. The cast which also included January Jones (Unknown, Mad Men-TV) as Molly Egan, Zoe Kravitz (Divergent franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road) as airman Vera Suarez and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek franchise, Deja Vu) as Lt. Colonel Jack Johns only added to the dramatic tension throughout this film. There was some predictability to the story which slowed the pace down; however, I found Ethan’s performance exceptional enough to power through any of the negatives I had about the script. I really was stunned or maybe I should say enlightened by this whole other world filled with drones. It really gave me food for thought, where I had to wonder what qualifications were needed to become a drone pilot. Do you think military experience will be necessary or will it be more important for the person applying to list gamer on their resume?


3 stars











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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 5, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wow, it sounds intriguing! I too wonder about those “gamers” out there. Is it all just a game and that is why terrorists have no trouble obliterating people (innocents included)? Something to ponder. Great review!

  2. Actually this is just “reality”. It’s our today world. Full with violence and dead, even if we life away from it, it still happen without us being able to do anything against it.
    I sometimes wonder where it will end up…
    As you refer, many kids start at very young age to “play” war, violence is all over in almost every video game. As responsible parents we have the possibility to have some control over it, at least until the kids are enough older to understand… but still the task of being a parent is to be at the side of the child, not only to feed or to help him/her with the homeworks. Too many parents just deliver they kids to themselves, without notions of which may be the result… without caring about the consequences… this is selfishness.
    But we still have a choice…
    I’m against all form of violence, even if I do believe that sometimes is needed to have punishments. I guess what’s happening in this movie isn’t just to entertain the viewer… is a way of telling us that Major Thomas Egan is one of the hundred doing that for a living. He has to kill, even children or women… since this is his commitment. I didn’t see the movie and I don’t think I will, even if I’m fascinated by the flying world, which was mine for more than one decade.

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments; I do appreciate it. This film is now available via video on demand and it really gives one food for thought. Because of your last comment about you in the flying world, I am curious to know what you would have thought about this film. Thanks again for the comments.

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