The movie is titled Kin, so let’s meet the family: single dad Hal Solinsky (Dennis Quaid) is not particularly close to his two sons, 14-year old Eli (Myles Truitt) and 21-year old Jimmy (Jack Reynor), but is trying to provide a moral compass to them. Since Jimmy spent the last six years of Eli’s childhood behind bars, the two brothers aren’t all that close either. When Eli is out stealing copper wire to make some money, he finds some sort of futuristic weapon in a derelict factory filled with the bodies of dead soldiers.
This first movie in this new wizarding world (there are four more to come) is set in the past in relation to the Harry Potter movies. In 1920s New York to be exact. A lot of the movie therefore is spent on creating this new world and setting out the origins of this entirely new storyline. And it is a lovingly crafted world with lots of fantastic creatures, but unfortunately, it lacks an interesting plot and worse in view of four more movies in the pipeline, it lacks an interesting central character.
Right from the opening sequence all the way through, this is an amazing visual and aural feast. The cinematography is beautful – every scene and every shot is a sight to behold. The car chases through the (Namibian) desert are insanely spectacular. And the soundstage is all-enveloping. All the things I like in an action movie.
Director Andrew Nicoll once again teams up with Ethan Hawke, just like they did in the excellent Gattaca (1997). And like Gattaca, Good Kill raises questions about the impact of technology developments on society at large through focusing on individuals and their personal struggles. This time in the context of warfare.