War movies have never been short on morally conflicted characters, but in this modern age, the psychic toll of death can be felt from thousands of miles away. Modern warfare is less about pulling the trigger than pushing a button, with high tech weapons allowing battles to be raged on computer screens. And it eats at the core of Ethan Hawke‘s character in the new trailer for “Good Kill.”
Directed by Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca,” “Lord Of War“), and co-starring January Jones, Bruce Greenwood and Zoe Kravitz, the story follows an Air Force major who now conducts his missions overseas with drones, but wrangles with the morality of making life and death decisions abroad while comfortably sitting on U.S. soil. It’s a movie that’s a bit uneven and that unfortunately doesn’t quite stick the landing, with our review noting that there is probably “a more depressing and but far more truthful version of this story” to be told. But given the topicality, perhaps it’s one worth tracking down regardless.
“Good Kill” opens on May 15th. Check out the trailer below along with the U.K. TV spot.