Generation Kill

Generation Kill

DVD - 2008
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A "fact-based dramatization" based on Evan Wright's experiences as an embedded reporter with the United States Marine Corps in 2003. Presents a uniquely epic and intimate portrait of the first 40 days of the Iraq war from the perspective of the Marines of the First Recon Battalion.


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Mar 14, 2018

Welcome to the world of grotesque corporate mismanagement and retch-inducing toxic masculinity.....

camdenk Jan 12, 2018

This miniseries is so disturbing on emotional, intellectual, and visceral levels that it made me nauseous and several friends cry when we got together to watch it. We intended to marathon the show in one day, but had to break it up over the course of a week; see again, nausea, crying. Oo-rah. Five stars for hitting us so profoundly.

Oct 05, 2016

This is a 2008 3-DISK 7-part 470-minute TV miniseries directed by Susanna White and Simon Cellan Jones, based on the 2004 book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with the United States Marine Corps' 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
It is like a documentary as if I watched real combats.
Unfortunately, however, there are no impressive dramas.
Accordingly, the whole film bores me down to death.
I had to press it forward from time to time.

Jan 19, 2016

A great series! Really a must watch to get the behind the scenes on the Marine First Recon battalion during the invasion of Iraq.

I loved how they even had Rudy play himself, and the real Marines as references for authenticity.

The acting made this film. Stark Sands (Lt. Fick), Alexander Skarsgard (Sgt. Colbert) and James Ransoe (Cpl. Person) all did a magnificent job, showing the close relationship they had, and the bond they have in their humvees. This film is also kind of like a road trip film, since most of the series the Marines are in their humvees.

I highly recommend this series to understand that sometimes in the military, there is a lot of tension and miscommunication among COs and their men. Also, you get the real behind the scenes look at how Marine's feel about/ during the war.

Gary Geiserman
Apr 18, 2014

THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE! Outstanding excellence. David Simon/Ed Burns adapted the original work of Evan Wright, wrote/cast all 7+ hrs and then got another genius to produce it all in Africa—Brit George Faber (who got two out-a-sight directors, one, a woman). This Steven Bochco ‘posse of talent’ thing is a great way to make great stuff. -— NO MUSIC (except ambient singing—even the closing credits use only v/o compressed radio dialogs that are so delicious), full out lingo (where you miss a lot—love it!), no back stories or intros (thrust right in the story and STAY there until it ends), great casting, so well filmed (amazing what fx the craftsmen can do with a budget—not much difference from big $ features these days), and realistic ‘anti-war’, anti-hierarchy portrayals. -— David Simon will never ‘go Holllywood’; he is a national treasure. -— Also, a look at special forces (Marine Recon) which helps to 1) graphically show the criminallity of the venture—these soldiers are transcendentally competant, and 2) avoid war cliches since every man is an alpha; superior to ‘military’ philosophy. (also allows for depiction of the culture of a brutally honest vulgar statis quo-farce towards each other like in some restaurant kitchens).

kevfarley Oct 04, 2013

Great series ! If HBO didn't do it,.. who would ? ...(But also remember that this is an elite unit in the forefront of the invasion,.. not necessarily the experience or caracter profiles of typical 'grunts'.)

Marine9296 Aug 05, 2013

Good docudrama.

I am a Marine, 1992-1996. LCpl. My area of high ops was the Bosnian Civil war, aboard the USS Roosevelt, summer MedCruise-95. Notable about my deployment was that we were the LAST Carrier Group to have NO FEMALES on board.

Jan 25, 2012

Generation Kill is a seven episode series that shows the recon and combat missons of a Marine battalion during the initial invasion of Iraq. A realistic and candid look at combat as well as downtime during the war. The episodes are heavy with military jargon that is at times hard to follow. The combat scenes and casualties are very intense and graphic, not for the weak of heart. The series also displays the fog of war and the stress put on both the Marines and their commanding officers.

Dec 28, 2011

This is a great movie series HBO put out. I was surprised to see Alexander Skarsgard (Eric, from True Blood). I'm not sure what really happened in Iraqi Freedom but this seems to be a good depiction of events. I liked it.

Aug 25, 2010

This DVD series is impressive in how it presents war in the 21st century and the men who are fighting it. The Generation Y soldiers differ so much in their attitudes to war from those young men who went to war in 1942, but are no less courageous.

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