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Generation Kill [DVD] 
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This gritty, seven-part miniseries chronicles the befuddling first 40 days of the Iraq war from the perspective of the Marines' First Recon Battalion. As the soldiers journey into Baghdad, they face unclear conditions and bear the often deadly brunt of misguided bureaucratic decisions. Read our exclusive interview with ex-Marine Rudy Reyes on his time making the mini-series.
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 is a miniseries, based on the book by Evan Wright, that’s initial key selling point is a very, very compelling one. The very fact that it’s the latest project from the creators of The Wire, quite possibly the best American television series of the past decade or so, should alone be enough for people to sit up and take notice. Fortunately, the show itself has plenty of merits of its own to stand up on its own two feet.
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
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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.
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.Read more ›
The military dialogue (call signs and abbreviations) can take a little while to get used to, but it is worth the effort in everyway.
Not spectacular in the action stakes - nor always trying to create cliffhanger moments in the manner of 24 - but totally deserving of modern classic status due to its characterisation and mature handling of complex themes.
"Generation Kill" tells the story of a Reporter (Evan Wright) who spent 2 months with US Marines of First Recon Battalion during the Iraq invasion. He puts his own life on the line to tell this story first hand and give an accurate perception of each Marine's personality and the near-death events that took place. Even one of the Marines acts out his own part in this series.
The attention to detail is awesome and I strongly recommend watching this, if you want a real eye-opening insight into what went on within Iraq.
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Great series, well presented in a nice box and the DVD menu's work well.Published 20 days ago by Mr JWS
Really good dramatisation of the 2nd Iraq war from a US marine unit's perspective. It is very much like The Wire in that it demands a lot of concentration to follow and uses a lot... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting viewpoint; well structured and brilliantly acted.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If this is really what, and I suspect it is from documentaries that I have seen, a true portrayal of the U.S. Army, then it is really, really sad.Published 2 months ago by Blade
The series if fantastic but I'm angry that I bought what I thought was the complete series but only got ep 7. It does not say ep 7 anywhere in the descriptionPublished 2 months ago by Falcon
Bought for myself after seeing the series a number of years ago on TV. Seriously great series to own that will keep you watching from start to finish.Published 4 months ago by Tom Young