Review: Good Kill, 2015, dir. Andrew Niccol

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“Years go by, decades end, cultures change, and yet no matter the place and time, human beings constantly dream up new, horrible ways to kill one another. In the late 1600s, Sweden gave us the howitzer. In 1836, Samuel Colt invented the revolver and ushered in the retirement of the sword. In 1952, the United States created the hydrogen bomb. Now, America is taking away its soldiers’ guns and replacing them with joysticks. Somehow, the image of servicemen wielding keyboards instead of M4 carbines doesn’t strike as any less threatening; the squeeze of a trigger is deadly, but as Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill shows us, the push of a button is more so.” (Via Movie Mezzanine.)

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