Who knows what was going on in the Skarsgård house when the kids were growing up? Whatever it was, these days, Bill’s most famous role is as the world’s scariest clown, and Alexander never speaks above a whisper. Just sayin’.
The low volume continues with “The Kill Team,” in which Alexander plays the leader of a rogue group of soldiers who murder three civilians during the war in Afghanistan and lie about the circumstances. It’s a true story that happened in 2009 and ’10. Names are changed, and Skarsgård is called Sergeant Deeks.
He’s an experienced, ultramanly war vet who encourages several men ranked below him to kill locals willy-nilly, reasoning that all Afghans are the enemy. The moral center of the story is Andrew Briggman (a sensitive Nat Wolff), who joins the Army to make a difference. He knows what’s going on is wrong, but could be in danger if he comes clean.
Skarsgård is dangerous as ever here, but writer-director Dan Krauss’ drama offers very little insight into the minds of these men, and we’re left with no satisfying takeaway. It’s just one upsetting scene after another.