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The Generation Kill series was about the experience of the march into Baghdad, not the morality or the reasons behind it, told from the point of view of the author and the guys in the HumVee. Evan Wright, a Rolling Stone journalist, did not glorify the Marines nor did he villify the enemy. He bravely lived through the chaos while finding the humanity in his fellow passengers.
The trend to show the realities of war instead of romanticising it, my family was curious to see what a reporter from Rolling Stone would find. It was a surprisingly accurate account from what they remembered. Interestingly, the gentlemen portrayed in the series offered the same critique in the "extras" interview, to the point that Rudy Reyes portrayed himself in this series. Each of the Marines brought something different to the group, and though they were dressed the same and it was hard to distinguish them by looks, each of their characters had depth. Sgt. Brad "IceMan" Colbert was portrayed by Alexander Skarsgard as a man caught in the middle of a struggle few of us at home could possibly understand. It was difficult to feel confidence in some of the commanding officers at first, but by the end of the series we were able to understand their motivation. Though the Marines had their doubts about the Mr. Wright's ability to report without a left-leaning bias, I believe they all respected him at the end.
Be warned that there is a lot of profanity and very frank discussion of bodily functions, but I believe it does not in the least distract from the reality of the story, rather, enhances it. The war was difficult and confusing. Things went wrong, things went right, and a lot of what happened could never be planned for. An excellent snapshot of Sniper 1.
Generation Kill is a 7-part HBO miniseries chronicling the first month of the Iraq War, following Bravo Company, 1st Recon Battalion from Camp Mathilda in Kuwait up north to Baghdad. I LOVED the show. As a Marine, myself, this show was a hilarious yet thoughtful in-depth look into what my brothers went through in the opening hours of the Iraq War. The show is very well done, with all actors playing the roles of Marines, yet doing a great job at it. Rudy Reyes who actually served in B Company, 1st Recon plays himself on the show. The show is only 7 episodes long, however, it should be longer, like 10-15 episodes longer. After having read Evan Wright's book, "Generation Kill," which inspired the show, I think it should be a much longer show. i also read "One Bullet Away," by Captain Nathaniel Fick, who was B Company's platoon commander during the Iraq War. The show is just great and I cannot say more good things about it, because that would take too long to write up.
The whole HBO miniseries Generational Kill's seven parts is faithfully included on three discs in this box set. Also included is a brief booklet identifying the cast, the characters, and a very helpful glossary of terms. The war in Iraq and how it is fought is so different from this Marine veteran's memories and experiences of conflicts 35 years ago that even I needed the guide to understand things said and done in the story. Having said that, one of the things I like best about this production is that for once the Special Features actually complement the story and clarify all of the things I didn't understand at first.
The other thing I liked was that the production realistically captures the personality and culture of US Marines so well that even a fossil like me could recognize. This is thanks to a lot of efforts on the part of the film makers that are best explained in the Special Features. But especially the realism derives from the fact that story is derived from actual events detailed in two bestsellers; some personnel who took part in the original mission made invaluable contributions to the production--one of them even playing himself; other Marine combat veterans lent their own expertise to the production; and finally--this is what got me--some of the Marine veterans trained (yes, trained) the cast and crew during a preproduction "boot camp."
Viewers--even sceptics--won't be disappointed.
This is a wonderfully produced TV mini-series based on a fascinating book by Evan Wright (of the same title). The stories of these Recon Marines are engaging. Episode 5 is extraordinary. I highly recommend the entire series. I also recommend that you purchase the book as well. There are details in the book - especially about the guys after the first six weeks of the war in Iraq - that are very interesting.
Best HBO series. Shows how us infantry marines really are. Everyone should watch. I recommend this to all of my friends and have as many people borrow it. I could not say anything but amazing for this show. It is just that good. Also every marine I know loves it to. The price is also great i got it on blue ray for a great price. well worth it
Generation Kill is one of the best HBO miniseries i've seen. It's very gritty and realistic, that you wont want to stop watching, i hope HBO finds another war book to recreate through a mini series, because it's great what the men do.
I read the book many years ago and when I heard that it was being made into a series I was so excited! The series was great! I never saw it when it was on cable, I only saw it on DVD, so I have no idea how much info was provided before the start of each episode. The DVDs provide you with a map for each episode, showing the route the company travels, which I thought was helpful for someone like me, who is a visual learner and a map-obsessed person. The one bonus feature I started to watch (a group interview with some of the Marines after the release of the series), was interesting, but I can't really comment on the rest of the features. Like I said after reading the book, this isn't for the faint of heart or those who think war and reality are "romantic." This is as close to "the real deal" as many people will ever get. If you are concerned about a liberal spin, you won't find it here. I definitely recommend this DVD set!
I happened to catch most of this series through my pay-cable package and was instantly enthralled with it on so many levels! The Producers have come up with another high quality offering which challenges most of the past productions about US military actions abroad. The dark undertones of this seven-part series is there for those with the insights to distill it from the on-screen action and dialogue. This is what television should be about when investing viewing time !!
I have seen the Mini-Series on HBO. Generation Kill follows the 1st Marine Division's strongest force, 1st Marine Recon. These Mini-Series of 7 episodes follow the Division in the introduction of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It shows the real side of war and what the U.S. Marines think of it, and it shows how it has effected the Iraqi citizens. A must see! The best of the best Mini-Series out there.
Generation Kills would be the comparisson of Band of Brothers to Underworld versus Interview with the Vampire. Same subject but totally different in time and how to abord the aspect of the subject.
Nothing can compare to the classic of Interview with the Vampire but someone was able to portray a new face to the vampires with Underworld, well it would be kind of the same for Band of Brothers compare to Generation Kill.
It is funny, with strong language and based on a true stories. I watched it over and over and again and do not get tired of all the jokes, songs they sing like they have talents and reactions you see through these 3 DVD's.
If you like to laugh, have a good time and enjoy military stuff, then this is DEFINITELY a must to have in you collection.
Enjoy every minute of it because it goes by pretty fast.