|Ethan Hawke in Good Kill|
(1) You can object to the frame of this movie -- US-centric, macho, militaristic -- but that's in fact where the public is starting from.
(2) "Good kill." Wait for the scene when the protagonist describe an attack on a home containing the "target" as well as the target's wife and children. And then the attack, hours later, on the funeral . . . .
(3) "It never ends." It's worth it to get people to this movie just for the one-minute long exchange about the rationale for the "war on terror."
(4) "Lawful orders." The movie is all about being a cog in a machine where all you do is follow someone else's orders, and your thinking is not welcomed. Any kid thinking about enlisting in order to break out of the world they're "stuck" in should see this movie. (See In Whose Machine Will YOU Be a Cog?)
(5) You can object to the fact that the movie focuses on how hard it is on the soldiers. But if we expect soldiers to resist, don't we need to invest the time and energy to empathize with them, too?
I don't know if everyone in the movement to stop drone killing will agree with me about these observations. Drop a comment below -- pro or con -- and let the drone debate proceed!
Take a friend
and go see Good Kill.
Then do it again.
Food for thought: what kind of movies are seen by LARGE numbers of people . . . ? http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/
(See "Everything Is Witnessed": Searching for "the Guilty" in GROUNDED )
In Chicago on Good Friday, 2013 (March 29), a cast consisting of long-time Chicago antiwar activists was joined by a NY playwright (and defendant in actions against US drone bases), Jack Gilroy, for one of the events kicking off a month-long campaign of anti-drones events across the country: a performance of Gilroy's play, The Predator.
(See "The Predator" in Chicago - Good Friday, 2013 - "A Passion Play for the Drones Era")
Why is a novel an important tool for creative resistance?
(See Creative Resistance 101: Uncle Tom's Cabin )