The Movie: 8/10
Sometimes a movie comes a long that’s hard to define in terms of whether it’s an entertaining movie, a thinking movie, or both. I think you can mix the two together but it’s hard, and sometimes Hollywood gets it right. Good Kill is a touchy subject, based on touchy real life things humans do. We have evolved into a creature that has tools that can be used to blow people up and never even be in the same hemisphere. How does warfare affect us, hand to hand combat or from a distance? I think that’s the question Good Kill touches on.
It’s not deeply depressing or so heavy that you can’t see the value in every point of view. Our leading character is a soldier, a pilot, once in the thick of battle now sitting in a box thousands of miles away from the people he’s targeting, and we see how that impacts his life. Around him we meet his commander, the administration that controls their jobs, his fellow soldiers and their different approaches to warfare, and the people on the other side of the targeting system. It’s not about sympathizing with anyone on any front, just that humans in these circumstances have no real way of coping in a way that makes sense.
As far as performances go, I’m won over by everyone in the cast from Hawke, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, and everyone else for that matter. It’s a great group and no one lets down the subject matter.
The pacing and editing of the movie is excellent along with the sound mixing, which I don’t usually mention. The contrast of seeing warfare, bombs being dropped but with no sound or the sounds of an office rather than a battlefield is jarring and impactful.
Overall this is a solid, high quality drama about a very current issue that might seem touchy for some, but is important to understanding more about us as human beings.
- Good Kill Behind The Scenes (15 Minutes) – A short and to the point making of piece, Director and cast discuss the impact of the serious topic behind the film.
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
I am kind of over caring about covers and menus, but this one is fine…it doesn’t need to be flashy or oversell the movie and it doesn’t. I wouldn’t have it as a poster just because it doesn’t do much for me visually.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Good Kill features a very nice looking 1080P AVC transfer that makes this low-budget film look much better than you would think. Deep blacks and warm flesh-tones are the highlights of the disc with striking detail on close face shots. No noise banding or DNR is present in the presentation.
The DTS-Master Audio 5.1 track is good. While Good Kill is billed as an action movie it actually isn’t so what you are left with here is a lot of talking. Dialog is central and clean which is what matters and surround sound and LFE while present are reserved for the many drone camera scenes.
Overall Score 8/10