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Based on Evan Wright's best-selling book, and brought to the screen by the creators of The Wire, David Simon and Ed Burns, Generation Kill's viewpoint remains firmly fixed on the ground level, rather than proselytise the show uses its large cast and broad canvas to show war in all its visceral chaos, allowing viewers the chance to take what they can from steeping themselves in the black humour and confused terror of the experience.
Generation Kill, spread over seven episodes, follows the opening 40 days of the Iraq war, as viewed through the eyes of Marines’ First Recon Batallion. From there, the show pans out to give a snapshot of the horrors, dramas and sheer brutality of war. It does it though with genuinely three-dimensional characters, who have frailties, moments of humour, friendships and backgrounds. And the show allows space to genuine explore these, much to its credit.
Much like The Wire, Generation Kill doesn’t concern itself with cliffhangers, big action sequences or gimmicks. This is solid, grown-up drama, that treats its viewers as adults and is all the better for it. Granted, it’s not going to be to some tastes, and there are periods of inactivity that may test the patience of some viewers, but this is just the kind of television that people tend to complain that companies don’t make enough of. Well, they just have, and Generation Kill very much deserves success as a result. --Jon Foster
A good potrayal of the Gulf War, shows the balance of intense fighting and periods of boredom very well.Published 5 days ago by Vincent L Dewitt
Loved it, really great view of the life of the US army in Afghanistan Alexander Skarsgard is brilliant as usual..Published 1 month ago by moonwolf
Difficult series to get into but not bad. It's still something to watch!Published 1 month ago by BirdNerdSophie
Follows the book extremely well. As authentic as you can get without going through Paris IslandPublished 2 months ago by Metal Squaddie
Gift for my son. He gave this the thumbs up. He thoroughly enjoyed the series. Highly recommendedPublished 3 months ago by Magda
Brilliant well made series with great acting, characters and filming.Published 4 months ago by Sassy
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