The first Good Kill trailer has gone online. The new drama from Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) stars Ethan Hawke as a former pilot frustrated with his current assignment of flying drone missions from the safety of American soil. As the moral cost of his actions further weigh on his conscience, his mental composure begins to deteriorate. I saw the film last year at TIFF, and it yet again showed Niccol as someone who can come up with good ideas for movies, but sometimes has trouble executing his vision. The film plays more like an editorial on drone strikes, and you can already see that in this trailer with Bruce Greenwood pontificating about modern warfare. The topic is certainly worth discussion, but it would probably be better handled in a documentary, or at least a fiction film with more nuance.
Hit the jump to check out the Good Kill trailer. The film also stars January Jones and Zoe Kravitz, and will likely open sometime this year.
Here’s the official synopsis for Good Kill:
The film tells the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Ethan Hawke), who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. 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? One soldier’s tale with epic implications.
GOOD KILL is a visually stunning exploration of how a man’s psychological, emotional and moral boundaries are challenged by the realities of 21st century warfare. The film initiates an important dialogue about the current techniques used in modern war, and in the same vein as THE HURT LOCKER and FULL METAL JACKET, illustrates how war is constantly being redefined according to the technologies and methods in play.