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Writer/director Andrew Niccol (The Host) is teaming up with Ethan Hawke yet again for his new film Good Kill, this time sending him to war in the Middle East. Check out the upcoming film's below trailer, which sees Hawke tormented by the difficulties involved in his position as an Air Force drone warfare pilot.
After watching the above trailer, it's clear Good Kill intends on exploring the many struggles military officers may encounter in the face of modern warfare. The film looks very serious, incredibly intense and promises more than a few edge-of-your-seat sequences. While there will surely be a number of scenes showing the extent to which combat has shifted in the 21st Century, the film promises to be more than just about war. From the looks of the trailer, it looks as though it will examine themes of love, family and most prominently the ever-blurring lines between right and wrong.
While it will undoubtedly be interesting to see Hawke's character navigate the world of drone warfare, it will surely be his contrasting life outside the Air Force that, when combined with his militaristic duties, will help give this character that multi-dimensional edge. Watching him go to work for 12 hours a day fighting a war thousands of miles away with a remote controller and then returning to his civilian life with his family promises to provide a captivating look at an extremely heavy and layered character—an idea perfectly displayed in the above trailer when the store clerk asks him if he's ever flown in war and he replies, "I blew away six Taliban in Pakistan today, now I'm going home to barbecue."
Good Kill follows Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Hawke) who, after six tours of duty, begins working as a drone warfare pilot, fighting the Taliban from an air-conditioned bunker in the middle of the Nevada desert. His desire to get back in the cockpit of a real plane, combined with his increasing doubts about the ethics of his drone pilot position, threatens to unravel his family life, primarily his relationship with his wife Molly (January Jones).
IFC's Good Kill marks Niccol's third team-up with Hawke. The duo previously worked on 1997's Gattaca and the more recent 2005 film Lord of War, which co-starred Nicolas Cage and Jared Leto. Good Kill also stars January Jones, Zoe Kravitz and Jake Abel. It recently debuted at the Venice Film Festival and is expected to hit theaters May 15, 2015.