The creator of The Wire turns his attentions from the war on the streets to the war in the desert with this seven-part HBO miniseries following the Marines of First Recon Battalion as they attempt to survive the first forty days of the Iraq War. Based on the award-winning book by Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright, who witnessed the confusion of war firsthand while embedded with the First Recon, Generation Kill follows the marines as they attempt to contend with equipment shortages, incompetent commanding officers, constantly shifting Rules of Engagement, and a strategy that's never quite clear. Real life Iraq War veterans Sgt. Eric Kocher and Cpl. Jeffrey Carisalez serve as technical consultants on a series featuring First Recon Marine Sgt. Rudy Reyes as himself. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This documents a Marine Recon unit in the invasion of Iraq, as seen by an embedded reporter, sympathetic to the grunt point of view, and all their griping and bitching. It documents not only the exciting and dangerous experiences of Marines in combat but also the uncomfortable, trivial, tedious and boring ones as well. Made in South Africa, sometimes the terrain was too green and the citiscape representing Baghdad was too nice. Read the book before watching. Also read Lt.Nate Fick's book, "One Bullet Away...". He is a very intelligent officer who was a principal character in this action and the second half of his book gives a more balanced account. Amazingly, the platoon involved had not a single KIA, only two WIA, so they were incredibly lucky and/or the combat scenes were over-dramatized a tad. The Iraqis were not as fortunate. If you are interested in the iraq war, whether your point of view is pro or con, this is worth your time.
Pretty interesting and reality-based battlefield drama which includes seriously raunchy cursing and endless military acronyms (RTC, ROE, et. etc.) Yet, a lot of the individual characters are really engaging and they help to maintain one's interest. Again, there are some underlying anti-war sentiments. Just stay away if you're offended by bad language.
This series is good but it seems noticeably biased to the "LEFT" political viewpoint. The slant caused me to ask some military friends of mine about it that were there and they reported it to be somewhat exaggerated. However, it is definitely worth watching and an enjoyable series.
I read the book years ago but just recently watched the mini-series and I was very impressed. The characters are very well done, the scenery is very authentic, the action scenes are not over-done, and the obstacles the guys must over come are amazing. I recommend this to anyone who wants to get a glimpse of what our servicemen and women and the Iraqis themselves went through during the invasion of Iraq in early 2003.
Great war movie (series). This is the Band Of Brothers of the Second Gulf War. Fantastic character portrayal (& development). Accurately captures the fast-paced modern battlefield with the insane shifting rules of engagement which make our soldiers doubt before they fire. The male bonding was very accurate compared to my own military experience. I am older now and can do without all of the foul language and sexual bravado talk, but it is dead on in its portrayal of young American soldiers and what is on their mind. This movie put a knot in my stomach. There was not a terrorist behind every bush, but you thought there COULD be. Equiptment, weapons, firefights, and logistics were so realistic. The Marine leadership was shown accurately, ranging from superb to inept. This is not a Liberal vs Conservative movie. It is a realistic attempt to portray what happend when a Rolling Stone reporter joined the Marines. Excellent Movie.
Time to give credit where credit is due. An accurate portrayal of the modern US military. After watching another modern type war movie all I could think is how much better this series was/is. This is worth watching.
The best depiction of the Iraq war I've seen. Much better than "Hurt Locker". The special features on Disc 3 are well worth watching, especially the discussion between the author and the "real" Marines the story is about.