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In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Kiwi native Andrew Niccol, who launched his Hollywood career by writing "The Truman Show," is one of those maverick indies who writes the movies that interest him, from "Gattaca" and "Lord of War" to "In Time." And Ethan Hawke is eager to collaborate with the filmmaker, even when the global marketplace is resistant to thoughtful original movies like "Good Kill." Returning for his third go-round with Niccol, in this film Hawke stars as a former Top Gun who is benched in a Las Vegas military base trailer piloting drone aircraft. He goes home to his wife (January Jones) every night, but dropping bombs in Yemen and Afghanistan from 7,000 miles away is not his idea of how to fight a war--especially when the CIA gets involved. The movie, produced by Voltage Pictures ("The Hurt Locker"), played Venice and Toronto and is seeking a North American buyer; here are some early reviews. »
- Anne Thompson
Traveling back from the Toronto Film Festival meant spending a fair amount of time in airports, and in each of those airports, the same revolving barrage of news went by, including discussions of new drone missions over Syria. It made it very unsettling as I had "Good Kill" still bouncing about inside me, one of the last movies I saw at the fest this year, and as timely a film as I could imagine seeing. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film is a close-up character portrait of Tommy Egan, a former fighter jet pilot who has been relocated to a Las Vegas suburban neighborhood. Every day, he reports to a local base where he and his crew file into a small trailer and then spend their shift watching and occasionally killing people on the other side of the world. At the end of their shifts, they get to »
- Drew McWeeny
Compared to Tiff 2013 where the focus was mainly on mainstream releases, I made the decision to mix things up about by also covering movies that I would not get a chance to see out of the festival circuit such as A Girl at My Door and Phoenix. The other ambition was to expand the number of interviews with the visiting filmmakers and actors but that required getting access to the publicist information ahead of time rather than the day before the festivities. With the help of the Tiff publicity department I was able to get a list of contact names as well a heads up when the press and industry schedule was available online. Added by some luck in finding a press release for Good Kill online which listed a PR contact and a good relationship with another PR firm, I was able to watch some key films and conduct »
- Trevor Hogg
As this year's Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, we gather one last round of notable reviews of notable films: new work by Liv Ullmann, François Ozon, Isao Takahata, Denys Arcand, Sophie Barthes, Alan Rickman, Im Kwon-taek, Anne Fontaine, Ken Jacobs, Manoel de Oliveira, Bent Hamer, Ann Hui, James Franco, Andrew Lau, Andrew Niccol, Wang Xiaoshuai, Claire Denis, Michael Winterbottom, Lone Scherfig, Peter Chan, Mario Martone, Zhang Lu, Naji Abu Nowar and more. » - David Hudson »
Writer-director Andrew Niccol has some thoughts about drone warfare, and he wants to share them with you. His new film, Good Kill, is one of the first mainstream fiction films to deal directly with the subject as opposed to some wishy-washy, pretentious subtext in a Hollywood picture (I’m looking at you, RoboCop remake). While Niccol once again shows himself to be a great “idea man”, he can’t manage to create a story even half as interesting as his subject. Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) is an Air Force pilot who once flew jets, but now sits in a trailer flying drones. After a day’s work, he leaves the box, walks into the Nevada sun, and drives home to his family in Las Vegas. He longs to get back into a real cockpit, but he’s told by his commanding officer (Bruce Greenwood) that it’s a long shot »
- Matt Goldberg
Plot: An air-force drone pilot (Ethan Hawke) stationed in Vegas but remotely flying missions in Afghanistan, struggles with the reality of his new position. Review: Good Kill is a film that both could and should have been excellent. Writer-director Andrew Niccol has returned time-and-time again to the idea of technology's effect on the human spirit, and with real drone attacks being such a current concern, this could have been thought-provoking. The movie starts off well »
- Chris Bumbray
Read our Toronto International Film Festival review here.
Good Kill reunites Niccol with his Gattaca and Lord of War star Ethan Hawke, who portrays a drone pilot operating out of Las Vegas who begins to question the value of fighting in such a disconnected war. The rest of the cast includes X-Men: First Class stars January Jones and Zoe Kravitz alongside Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones).
- Gary Collinson
Ethan Hawke is riding a wave. Having languished for a time amidst unfortunate exploits, such as Daybreakers, Brooklyn’s Finest and Getaway, he returned to critical favour with Before Midnight in 2013. Following that with Richard Linklater’s acclaimed Boyhood, he is now sweeping through the 2014 festival circuit with Cymbeline, and Good Kill. In another example of the compelling creativity that can come of repeated collaboration, Good Kill is the third film that Hawke has made with writer-director Andrew Niccol. Their previous teamings produced Gattaca and Lord Of War, so the prospect of a reunion for the two would seem very promising indeed – as this newly released poster suggests:
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
- Sarah Myles
Get it? Cause both posters involve people who kill other people for a living? Heh heh. Aren’t I clever. Anyhoos. Two new posters today, one for the assassin flick “John Wick,” and the other for the drone assassin flick “Good Kill.” One stars Keanu Reeves, and the other stars Ethan Hawke. One is directed by Andrew Niccol, the man who gave us “Gattaca” and “The Truman Show,” then tried to destroy all of that goodwill with the vomit inducing “In Time” with Justin Friggin Timberlake. Both movies are out later this year. Good luck finding them! »
Andrew Niccol's Good Kill, which has screened at the Venice and Toronto film festivals in recent days, stars Ethan Hawke as an Air Force pilot forced to fly drones over Afghanistan. His character begins to question the U.S. policy on the use of drones after being ordered to hit civilians. The film also captures the schizophrenia of at-home warfare as Hawkes character suffers him own trauma as he tries to balance the idea of flying bombs over the Middle East in the morning before going home to his family in the afternoon. The film is stirring up debate about whether
- Ariston Anderson
Good Kill, 2014.
Directed by Andrew Niccol.
A troubled Air Force officer (Ethan Hawke) charged with directing drone strikes enters a moral minefield as the rationale for targeting purported terrorists becomes questionable.
A former fighter pilot is grounded doing drone missions from the safe confines of Los Vegas, Nevada where the military missions resemble a video game except for the images being real; he is bored being able to go home to his family every night and instead wishes to be back up in sky flying missions. Complications arise when the CIA takes control of the operation and starts making decisions which run counter to the usual military protocol. As the questionable deaths and tactics mount so does the emotional toil, particularly on the veteran airman and the new member of the team.
Leading man Ethan Hawke and »
- Trevor Hogg
The current hot-button issue of drone warfare is explored in the latest movie from director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time), which follows a former fighter pilot (Ethan Hawke) who now spends his days controlling drones from thousands of miles away. January Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Jake Abel and Bruce Greenwood co-star in this upcoming thriller, which doesn't have a domestic release date set at this time.
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? »
Coming from director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time), Good Kill receives it's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the next few hours, and Voltage Pictures have released an extremely stylish poster to mark the event. Niccol's first team up with Ethan Hawke since Gattaca (way back in 1997), Good Kill sees Hawke as a drone pilot who begins to question his mission. It feels like a very different take on a war movie, exploring the psychological and emotional toll of the new type of warfare the 21st century has brought us, and while Niccol's recent efforts (especially The Host) have been more miss than hit, the prospect of him reuniting with Hawke, having worked so well on Gattaca, has me excited for this. No release date has been given as of yet. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The color red. Sony Pictures has released a new Annie poster that features the film's cast (after a teaser poster a few months back that only displayed the tagline). The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas. Annie opens on December 19th You can also check out the teaser poster for Good Kill, the new film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) starring Ethan Hawke. I didn't love Niccol's last film In Time, but I'm a fan of most of his other work so I'm really pulling for this one. Good Kill premieres tonight »
- Evan Dickson
We’ve got two very cool posters for you tonight for some great looking movies coming our way. First up is Good Kill, the new film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord Of War) starring Ethan Hawke. The movie premieres tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival and the one sheet is looking very nice. The great minimal poster definitely got my attention; check out the synopsis and tell us what you think. The film tells the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot »
- Graham McMorrow
Writer/director Andrew Niccol, and actor Ethan Hawke have done two films together, Gattaca and Lord of War, and they’re really Niccol’s two best films. Now the pair have done a new film, Good Kill, which is described as “a unique look at the current state of war through the eyes of a drone-pilot.” The film premiered […]
- Russ Fischer
Plenty of films have enjoyed premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this month, from Kevin Smith's messed up horror thriller Tusk to Jason Reitman's poignant Men, Women & Children. Some promising films like Noah Baumbach's While We're Young and Anna Kendrick's musical The Last 5 Years have already been picked up from the fest too. And now we have a bit of hype for another film that debuted at Tiff a few days ago, Andrew Niccol's timely drama Good Kill, which examines the current state of war through the eyes of a drone-pilot. That pilot also just happens to be played by Niccol's Gattaca star Ethan Hawke and we have a teaser poster straight from Tiff, though it doesn't feature the actor. Look! Here's the teaser poster for Andrew Niccol's Good Kill from Voltage Pictures: Good Kill is written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, »
- Ethan Anderton
The film, starring Ethan Hawke, enjoyed its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 5th.
From the Oscar nominated visionary writer/director of Lord Of War comes a unique look at the current state of war through the eyes of a drone-pilot.
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.
- Michelle McCue
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres.
Made twenty years ago, Good Kill, a drama about military unmanned aerial vehicles from writer-director Andrew Niccol, could have made for an intriguing piece of science fiction. In 2014 though, Niccol’s not so much late to the party in making such a film, as he is the wrong man to host it.
Good Kill stars Ethan Hawke as Major Thomas Egan, a veteran of six tours in a fighter jet struggling with his reassignment to drone piloting. The film follows Egan as he’s forced to pilot missions that stretch rules of engagement that were already wearing him down. As director, Niccol does some of the best work of his career: cutting between a drone’s pixelated perspective and those of the pilots half a world away, the cold remove that »
- Sam Woolf
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