Generation Kill

HBO (Mini-Series 2008)



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Generation Kill
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Not for the faint-hearted, this seven-hour scripted mini-series spotlights Marines fighting in the Iraq war during the early onset of the conflict. This is an adaptation of Rolling Stone's contributing editor Evan Wright's book of the same name.

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    • wonderfull realism, indeniable thruth, stupid gay pro war dude saying that troups are all mother theresas over there being heroes, wich is actualy not true.

      Troops are normal people, but normal young people thrown in that **** do stupid things, like throwing puppies off cliffs and shoot ''insurgents'' knowing that its really an unarmed civilian who you just got to shoot for fun. I've been there, seen some **** and done my share of it, aint proud, can't sleep most nights, all i can say is that we screwed a lot of innocent people over there and should not even be there in the first place, and also, most of our troops deserve to die cuz most of em did some crazy wicked disturbing **** I'd actualy preferred reading stupid kids letters wich we actualy never really read when we got any.moreless
    • I really liked this show. I spent 4 years active duty in the US Marine Corp and this is as real a show about the Marines as I have ever seen. It is a ton of "hurry up and wait" and when the s*it htis the fan, it really does. I am awaiting next season.moreless

      I have been waiting and waiting to see the next season, where is it?

      I greatly enjoyed the show and am anxiously awaiting the next season, the characters were very realistic. Especially the nutjob officers and reporters.

      I am unsure, but am guessing this is taking place around 2003 or so. It is definitely placed after 9/11/01. What a day that was, I was stationede at Camp Pendleton and listening to the news on my way into the base, i got through the east gate about ten minutes before the entire base went into lockdown. They actually took bulldozers and blocked all the gates shortly after the second plane hit the second tower.

      I especially liked the fire during the party scene along with the cleaning the crap from under the shi**ers. For those of you that dont know this, that is a real job reserved for royal fu**ups.

      Semper Fi Fellow Marines!moreless
    • Realistic look at modern war.

      Watching this show I was often reminded of 'Band of Brothers', another show about the journey a group of soldiers make in times of war. But whereas 'Band' described the historic incidents that a company of soldiers witnessed in World War Two, we get a look here at a the slightly more boring side of war. Of course, 'Band' dealt with a company chosen by the writer for its historical importance. 'Generation Kill' was written by an embedded journalist who described what he saw to a group of Marines he happened to be assigned to. It's perhaps more realistic as a description of the everyday life of soldiers, certainly the professional soldiers of today.

      There was plenty of action in 'Band' because they had four years of war to work through. In this show the action scenes - though very scary at times - are far and few between, as the war (against Saddam) only lasted a few weeks and these Marines didn't actually witness really historical events. So we get a lot of scenes of soldiers being bored and impatient. (Some professional soldiers may have joined because they want action and they feel bad when they don't get any. More experienced ones know better.) What I liked was the fact that the problems of this war (bad decisions, insufficient material, ...) were dealt with, but they weren't the main focus of the show, which can hardly be called a political pamphlet (except perhaps the final episode). Soldiers moan about the problems and get on with it. No, this was all about the soldiers. After all, some actual soldiers from the conflict were willing to play themselves. It wasn't always easy to identify all of them (why no name tags?), but in some cases you didn't care about the name of a character who made an interesting observation.

      The production value was excellent: you could hardly tell this was filmed in South Africa. The dialogue was realistic, certainly a lot ruder than that of these soldiers' grandfathers in World War Two. I noticed something strange about the way I interpreted certain lines. At several moments a character said something that in an ordinary Hollywood film would have predicted his demise. (When in a cop movie a policeman says he has only twee weeks to retirement, you know he's going to die before the film is over.) Here, it's usually just a remark, not punctuated by a deadly grenade. The body count is pretty low in this show. Realism trumps Hollywood traditions.

      Don't let the first episode with its multitude of characters turn you off this show.moreless
    • luv this series very much, seriously looking forward for the 2nd seasons, pls ! pls!

      so crazy with "Generation Kill" wish there will be more season, it's not just the stroyline, the script but they have such an awesome casts & crews. i have been waiting for 2nd seasons, hurry up !! it's such a great production to see the other side and to understand what the young marrines feel about the war that they part of. people need to realize more that not every american agree with war in Iraq. somehow, i feel that there won't be more seasons, i had been watching this series more than 10 times, ha ha totally luv and crazy about itmoreless
    • Its difficult to say I "Liked" this series...

      ...but I did appreciate it.

      I appreciated it, with the understanding that to those who really serve, there was no doubt a whole lot of artistic license in the presentation. But as a viewer I still felt well and truly gripped in the conflict. Or should I say, in the conflicts (plural): that of the invasion itself but almost more importantly, those of the men themselves.

      I came away from watching all seven episodes back to back, troubled by the fact that the proverbial hats of the good guys are in fact, not white, but serious shades of grey. And troubled that the really good guys really don't matter in the grand scheme of things...and it truly appears to be one big, self-serving scheme.

      I was amazed at performances of substantial depth by Alexander Skarsgard, James Ransone, Stark Sands and Owain Yeoman, and left feeling suitably uncomfortable by the glimpses they provided into a place in time of the real lives their performances represented.

      Did I like this the sense one usually likes a series? No. But I'll never forget it either. And that is what makes something great; "like it" or not...moreless

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    witty remarks, gritty cinematography, gunfights, high stake situations, history defining moment