Good Kill

6.41 h 42 min2015R
Ethan Hawke stars in this riveting look at the world of drone warfare, where combat unfolds like a first-person shooter game -- only with real lives at stake. With January Jones.
Andrew Niccol
Ethan HawkeBruce GreenwoodZoe Kravitz
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Miles AndersonJake AbelJanuary Jones
Andrew NiccolNicolas ChartierMark AminZev Foreman
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4.1 out of 5 stars

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Original Toe KneeReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Just don't know.
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Ok... pretty good movie... I wish I could leave it at that... rubbed me the wrong way, but I say, my review as written here just can't be correct... so, I insist; " I AM WRONG ABOUT THIS MOVIE' ...

Here's what I think; Many people will like this movie...the story is anti-climactic, they slide in a sweet twist by the end, and that was nearly brilliant...

However, I just couldn't deal with the acting of the lead female actress. Too retro, too "year's ago" Valley girl or something... just seemed to try too hard, the"rolling eyes" darting shifty pretend smiles, etc must have been part of the "acting" and I guess I have a disagreement about how that character would have best been played... I also have a sort of disagreement about how this story is written...I won't go into that, I will just write a better movie...the story could be close to home in a few ways, and maybe this is why I just don't fully appreciate this one.

The story "premise" is initially compelling enough, it's just something about how the movie was manifested that feels like it falls short , to me... I dealt with these reactions, which haunted me every second of viewing and after pausing a couple times, came back to finally finish viewing this movie, ...I guess I will admit, in a very "light" way, this movie gave me something to think about...

That should be enough... but it also lures me to finish one of my own...I think I could maybe write a better version of my own similar but different idea...perhaps...

This movie fell flat for me...but why? I hated the music... maybe that's good songs... NO GODD SONGS.... AND also something about this seemed TOO SHALLOW, just not "real" enough... close but not quite finished? maybe. Let me put it this way; there are hundreds of successful singer-songwriters who have walked away from the business...there are MANY who have tried to stop others from searching them out... they are disgusted with the music "INDUSTRY", but not with the idea of the art of music, just never could find a way to be true and still do it the industry way... That story is out there, in hundreds of why would this version fall so flat???? Then again, remember, I said I am "wrong about this movie".

Finally, my review of this movie is compelled to put some attention on the lusty sound track... Just saying, none of the songs are memorable... This would have been a great movie, if a few of the songs had more brilliance... Can't remember a one... nothing struck deep... Just a bunch of Well produced lousy songs, in my opinion .

But... like I say, I am "wrong" about this movie... there could actually be a huge audience out there who TOTALLY DIG THIS MOVIE, think the sound track is fantastic and the lead actress should get an oscar.... I can't exactly put my finger on why this movie fell flat... for me... why it seemed so unreal and shallow.... but keep this in mind; When a movie "sucks' I ALWAYS stop watching, shut it down, never finish it...and this one, I finished... so... it's up to you now...
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George KullenbergReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bought because "Lucky Them" points to this title.
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I wanted the movie "Lucky Them", but the link for the Prime version, listed at $12.99 on the "Lucky Them" page, takes you to the "Good Kill" page for some reason.
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errin spellingReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
what a great title and great movie
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someone very wise wrote this movie. it should make everyone think. i would have done the exact same thing
as the title, only sooner, not the third time. and i love where the movie ends, but you know that isn't where it ends. they could have made a movie out of that , but i do not want to see that script. sorry , there are only five stars.the only thing i did not like, was what the wife does at the worst possible time.
Holly GleasonReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rock Critic Seeks Lost Path; Finds New Reasons
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Toni Colette is a rock critic with a past: an old boyfriend who disappeared on the brink of massive rock stardom. As her career stalls -- and her over-it-all editor Oliver Platt demands something sizzling -- she is sent out to see if the rumors are true. Is the rock star alive? Hiding? Posing as someone else?
Over the course of the film -- produced by Paul Newman's widow Joanne Woodward -- Colette not only has a rich former paramour pay for her research while making a documentary of the process, she has an up-and-coming singer/songwriter woo her in spite of her own aggressive indifference. Sorting through issues of intimacy, striving, fame and our place in the world, what could be little more than an update of "Eddie & the Cruisers" turns into a film where the answers shift, the truths evolve and in the end, Colette finds out the real solution isn't whether or not the rocker is alive, but where she puts her own faith and pining.
Colette us largely undervalued as an actor. Here her transparency is often her willingness to be self-indulgent, shallow, vulnerable and in denial. Always a true reporter, she knows how to chase a story -- and does, in fact, find what she's looking for: clarity on the missing musician's whereabouts.
In the end, though, is it the physical being that matters? Or more the spectre of what was, and the ways that ghost colors/permeates her present and future? These questions are slowly examined in the film, the ending of which isn't the cliche. Well worth the time and the money spent.
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JenReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great low key movie
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This movie wasn't what I expected, but in a good way. Reading the description of " a has-been rock journalist sent to hunt down a long-vanished local rock star (and old flame)" I thought this would be more about a search and rediscovery of an old love - with the story more so being about these two people connecting. I won't give it away, but the movie is solely about the hunt. Ellie has to write a hard-hitting story or face loosing her job. She's given the elusive rocker Matthew Smith to track down and make a story about. Turns out they were once an item, so it has a little bit of a different meaning to Ellie and she's not really into it but does it. Along the journey, Ellie (Toni C) meets some new faces and faces history with some old. It's these interactions (both comedic and dramatic but always real) that brings the viewer in. It's all very natural responses to various situations and Toni is the scene maker. Excellent job.
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Holly DrakeReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
OK. No subtitles
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Goodfor a few laughs, but personally I felt little sympathy for the Toni Collete role. I watched it with two friends and we all agreed that it was okay, but no big deal. The few surprises were Johnny Depp and the tribute to Paul Newman in the end that went by too fast to read and with the Amazon streaming we were unable to go back and read it. Still wondering what it said. Also, for fellow people with hearing problems I was unable to get subtitles. This has happened on several things that I have streamed through Amaon and I wish Amaon would work on it.
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mjhwkReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this movie
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I love this movie! I bought it based on that I liked the actors and the story sounded good, I wasn't disappointed! There are some slow spots and parts that don't quite add up because the scenes change to something else but there is a surprising twist and reveal of who she has been looking for that makes this movie worth watching! Toni Colette does an outstandingly believable job in the emotional crying scene(s), Thomas Hayden Church is a nice addition to the movie, he is funny and endearing! worth watching for these two actors and the surprise guest appearance!
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PatrezziaReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lucky Them is a rockin' good flick
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I loved this movie!! Toni Colette is such a wonderful actress, she put's such life into her roles, it's amazing. The movie was funny, sad, very emotional and well acted by the whole cast. Five stars isn't enough, I'd give it 10. Thomas Haden Church was brilliant as always and Oliver Platt was very funny. Lucky Them, lucky us for watching it, the surprise at the end was very cool. The best movie I've seen in a long time.
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