Generation Kill 1 Season 2008

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Season 1
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In the northern desert of Kuwait, First Recon Marines prepare to invade Iraq as the 'tip of the spear' for Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the Camp Mathilda staging ground, soldiers in First Recon's Bravo Company combat boredom, cramped tents, a lack of Humvee supplies, mustache protocol, officer ineptitude, a wind storm, an espresso machine fire, and rumors of J-Lo's death while awaiting orders fr...

Starring:
Alexander Skarsgard, James Ransone
Runtime:
1 hour 8 minutes

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Season 1

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Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Susanna White
Starring Alexander Skarsgard, James Ransone
Supporting actors Stark Sands, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas, Jonah Lotan, Rudy Reyes, Billy Lush, Chance Kelly, Eric Nenninger, Michael Kelly, Owain Yeoman, Kellan Lutz, Marc Menchaca, Daniel Fox
Season year 2008
Network HBO
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By zargb5 on 7 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
This 7 part series is excellent. The producers of "the Wire" and "on the corner" are really on a roll. If you want a truer picture of events in Iraq other than the political polemic and media propaganda then this is the one to watch. The novel which it is based on is well worth reading too as it is more detailed and somewhat more descriptive.

Like the 'wire' the series producers/writers assume the audience has an intelligent and inquisitive mind which wishes to be engaged fully. This is not your usual Hollywood fodder.

This series manages to give us a view of events from the perspective of the grunts on the ground and it doesn't really hold back on language, explicit detail or events. Like the wire - you get the realistic use of language, its like you are overhearing the conversation and it takes a little while to tune into the lingo.

Miraculously the series manages to walk the tightrope of balance very well, giving the views and perspective from the grunts and commanders to the iraqi civilians and more. The wider political perspective is justly criticised and it is blatantly obvious that there is no plan at all for restoring the political and authoritative void left in the country. No one comes out of this smelling of roses and questionable decisions and actions are taken. The differing viewpoints are depicted fairly, cock ups are shown to be what they are and the result of them and of course there are some plainly absurd orders from above. It shows the real war on the ground and not the PS3 war depicted on the news casts of low collateral damage. This is a very thought provoking series which gains momentum as it progresses. The series also has a good dose of the black wry humour reminiscent of Spike Milligan's war memoirs. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Tristan Martin VINE VOICE on 22 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
Based on Rolling Stone journalist Evan Wright's non fiction book of the same name, Generation Kill follows a U.S. Marine Recon unit during the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq. For many, this series will get noticed because it is produced and co-written by David Simons and Ed Burns, creators of the superb HBO drama series The Wire.

Is it in the same league as The Wire? No but then again, hardly anything else is. Is it as good as the book? No - adaptions rarely are but this does follow the book quite closely. Is this anything like the Spielberg produced World War II drama series Band of Brothers? No, this focuses much less on the intense combat that Band of Brothers captured so well, instead taking much more time over the characters and the chain of command. Is this still worth watching? Absolutely.

Almost gutting the book entirely of actual scenes of, you know, war, Generation Kill still features scenes of disturbing violence that are viewed from a more emotional (not sentimental) perspective: the bombing of an Iraqi village, which the marines decide not to invade as all they can see are women and children, the shooting dead of civilians at military checkpoints, the attempt to avoid driving over a dismembered head and instead driving over the decapitated body ("Goddammit - you just can't win.") These are the kinds of incidents that Generation Kill illustrates. One almost feels as if the producers decided that to portray anything approximating actual combat in a war drama series would be just too vulgar and obvious.

This detachment and lack of bloody action will no doubt turn some viewers off who came expecting explosions and cries of "frag out!
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104 of 115 people found the following review helpful By J. Duducu on 9 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
Generation Kill is the spiritual brother to the Wire. Both are uncompromising adult dramas that present the facts with no bias. Where as a miniseries like band of brothers uses every technical trick to make war look almost hyper real, all that technical wizardry is eschewed in favour of a more documentary style. There are no voice-overs, no rousing military music, and no flashbacks.

Indeed the short lived series "Over There" which was a laudable attempt at bringing the realities of Iraq into your living room is shown up here as relying on dramatic clichés that are little more than storytelling tricks. In Generation Kill, if it happens, it happens in real time, and you may miss it- a sombre example being the mutilated remains of a little girl in episode 2 which are half seen as the convoy roars by.

The series is set around a US Marine Recon patrol in the first month or so of the Iraq war. Much of it is through the eyes of an embedded war reporter (based on Evan Wright- the author of the book on which this series is based). If you are looking for an action packed series then this is not the series for you. One the realities of war is the endless travelling along with the fight against boredom being far more relentless than the fight against the enemy. Indeed action is relatively scarce but when things do kick off the engrained training of the marines is shown to stop any panic and help the men through the chaos.

Indeed much of it could almost be described as the first military road movie with the dialogue often happening in the cramped confines of a Humvee rolling in convoy down endless roads and through featureless desert.
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