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
Generation Kill is the most accurate description of what it's like to be deployed to Iraq in the early days. Most people can't believe things happen this way with "moostach" standards etc... but people are people regardless of their job. Marines are the most hardcore bunch out there and first recon is a prime example of taking horrible equipment, bad planning, and retarded college kids (officers) but getting the job done no matter what.
I loved this show! The characters were all very interesting, and it portrays a side of the war some may not have seen before.
I strongly recommend it for anyone who may find war drama/action interesting to watch.
Shame that they ended it so quickly however...
Enjoyed this series very much. It touches on so many of the aspects of belonging to a military unit from the brotherhood to the question of leadership. Have plenty of time on hand as it it hard to stop watching once you start!
Not really what I expected....MUCH BETTER! It really seemed to be a balanced presentation of the reality of the War of Iraqui Liberation or what ever it's called. What I thought was most ironic and sad was that everybody kept saying "the war is over, we won!" and ten years later the US is *still* there...
HBO has done an excellent job of capturing the all the vulgarity and crudeness of the American military. This is military life the way I remember it. Just make sure any kids or anybody easily offended by lavish use of profanity and extreme violence is out of the room.
Awesome series, be aware though, each disk has 3 episodes on it. My DVD player auto-started and I thought it was only one episode, so I turned it in without watching the whole thing. So here I am watching #3-6 without having seen #2 and #3.
My impression of the Marines have always been that they are the few and the proud. In this movie they are the hungry, deprived, and the whiney. They also have trouble following orders which of course in any work environment we know how that goes. Things don't get done. There are much better war movies out there. The most disappointing part of the movie is that it is based on a true story.
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.