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As a former Marine who was deployed to the same place at the same time,
I think this show did an excellent job of capturing the 'essence' of
what the invasion of Iraq was like to the men who were there. This show
comes closer to accurately portraying wartime Marines than any other
show I've ever seen. I think this is as close as Hollywood can get
short of being there and filming it live. Sometimes the special effects
are a little over the top, but the dress, demeanor and dialog of the
characters are very accurate.
The attitudes, bearing, and language of the Marines portrayed are spot on, as well as the day to day problems and trials they encounter. I guess what I really like about this show is the lack of cheesy moto propaganda. The films are light on pro- or anti- war propaganda and heavy on truth. I'm sure some people think that the 'get some' attitude of the Marines glorifies the war while others think that pulling no punches in the collateral damage department is anti-war, but that isn't the case. These films boldly show the invasion of Iraq for what it was, for better or worse. The Marines have 'get some' attitudes in this show because Marines really have that attitude. Collateral damage, chaos and confusion among U.S. forces are in the show because it really happens in warfighting.
What you get to see here is a one-of-a-kind mini-series: this is as
close to a documentary as it gets. The realities of modern warfare are
shown honestly with no political agenda and you are left to draw your
When I watched this series I remembered a quote from another film, 'The Siege' from 1998, where Bruce Willis' character, a high ranking army official, says something along the lines of: "The army is a broad sword - not a scalpel. So trust me, you do not want to call the army, unless you have absolutely no other option".
From an artistic point of view what stands out the most is the ensemble of actors. Not once during the entire seven episodes did I not believe I was watching the actual characters - the performances and the direction in this production are flawless. I've never seen a series that felt as real as this.
This goes beyond mere entertainment - this is simply the best contemporary television has to offer. 10 out of 10.
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Every Marine that I know who's read this book, and the couple that have
caught the first episode has nothing but good things to say about the
material. David Simon and Ed Burns did a great job of sticking to the
heart of Wright's story--and from what I've heard, even referenced Lt.
Fick's personal account (One Bullet Away)--of that deployment as well.
As an active duty Sergeant in the USMC, most of my enlistment has
involved working with and managing the same kind of colorful
personalities seen in GK. I lost track of how many times we laughed at
random "unfunny" scenes because the accuracy of the mannerisms,
terminology, or situations depicted.
The one thing that caught me off guard was, after watching all the HBO trailers, the lack of music. I kept expecting to hear that campy trailer music sprite up the background, but it never happened. Oh well, you can't win em all.
YOU WILL ABIDE BY THE GROOMING STANDARD.
I'm also glad there is no music. Music (though moving) would have taken
away the grit to this story and given it a more artificial feel. It's
amazing how much of the dialog and situations are straight from the
book, and how perfectly spot on they are showing Recon Marine culture.
I'm glad Rudy and Kocher got to play themselves. Though I only personally know Pappy out of these characters, it's obvious they are working as hard as they can (within Hollywood's tradition) to portray it as it happened. I hope they continue this series at least until the end of the invasion. I can't wait to see the action at the bridge and the other ambushes.
Oh, and the Sgtmaj. harping on grooming standards during combat operations is so hilarious because it's so true!
Before some one comments on this mini-series they have to understand
that is based entirely in truth. I first picked up the book while I was
traveling home on leave shortly after returning from Iraq and read it
in one sitting on the plane. One of the things that I find to be the
most outstanding about the book and the series so far is that it is
true to the people. I don't mean that it gives us something new and
authentic to ponder. I can't think of any instance where the book or
show goes into the political aspect of Iraq. And you know why. Because
Marines don't make policy. They enforce it, regardless of there
personal feelings towards it.
I am personally tired of hearing the comments about the show being cliché' If they spend anytime around the military they will find that most of characters portrayed are just like the young men serving. Marines are a different breed. They are asked to do different things that most of society would not understand. Enjoy the show and try not to get your mind wrapped around it to much.
I enjoyed this immensely, and without revealing my views on the war on
Iraq, I must say that I fail to see where these anti-war propaganda/war
mongering commentaries are relevant.
Understandingly the Iraqi war has deep-set emotions with the American Public, but I did not feel that this in any way glorified, nor vilified the US troops. Nor did it so for the Iraqis. How anyone can regard this as left-wing anti-war propaganda is beyond me, as it seemed most of the characters had very human and sympathetic traits. As all of us who have served in the military know, there are often extreme personalities(i.e racist, militant, fundamental religious beliefs etc), by the sheer fact that the armed forces are a cross-section of any country's inhabitants, but they all showed camaraderie and discipline more than hostility towards humanity in my point of view.
although I said I wouldn't reveal my views regarding, I now feel compelled to do so. I am a huge opposer of the war in Iraq, and I feel great resentment towards many of the US foreign policies, but that does not mean that I do not enjoy the story on a personal level, nor that I can not sympathize with a country in war. By entertainment standards, this is some of the best television I've seen in a long while, and I can't WAIT for the next episode.
Brilliant war drama.
The story of 1st Marine Reconnaissance Battalion's participation in the second Allied invasion of Iraq, in 2002. Seen through the eyes of Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright, who was embedded with the Battalion and upon whose book the series is based.
Though dramatized, this is pretty much a warts-and-all account of a military unit in combat. Hardly glamorous, it shows well the problems they face, both external and internal.
Not all drama and explosions - there are many great comedic moments, especially in the dialogue.
Accurate, engrossing and entertaining.
Honest look at what went on in America's war for "Iraqi Freedom". The
series is from the point of view of First Recon Marines. It gives us a
realistic look of modern warfare, the combat is the most authentic i
have come across, it doesn't hype the action for cinematic values. Be
warned you won't get to see much of action but when it happens it's
As in real life so in series the Marines are made up of unique characters, there are capable as well as dumb officers. The soldiers come from different background and races, there are Mexicans, South Americans, Blacks, Rednecks, some are educated, some joined out of patriotism, some were given choice between jail term or marine school. Everyone's brain tuned in differently, the only thing common between them are the unity of brotherhood and them being highly trained killers.For me the best part and the highlight of the series are the humors and sarcastic banter among the soldiers.
After watching the series I did some research and found out most of the names and designation are from real people and actual facts.In fact two of guys played themselves.
The series is pretty much controversy free which is surprising considering it shows some stuff which the Government would have liked kept out of limelight.
Do watch it, it's fun as well as education.
Saw the first three episodes of this on cable whilst on holiday, and hope it comes to the UK very soon so that I can see the rest. I also saw part of the 'Making of...' documentary, and many of the production team where a) female and b)British. They've done a really excellent job of portraying the atmosphere of war-torn Iraq, and have not compromised the performances by trying to tone down the language and jingoistic views of many of the characters. Heart pounding action whilst transiting the first town when the convoy comes under fire for the first time, and euphoria when they emerge at the far side largely unscathed. Brilliant. Well done. A really fine piece of work. Snap it up BBC.......please!
First off, viewers should realize that this series is about a marine
recon team. This is not about the army, navy, air force, etc. Most
armed forces members will tell you that the people in the Marines are a
different breed from other members. They are often by nature, more
aggressive, angry, patriotic, racist, need to prove something, excited
to kill something, etc. If you get annoyed by that, then don't watch
Generation Kill. Regardless, the series is good because, although the
series isn't a deep philosophical "thin red line",(judging by the
demeanor and mentality of a lot of the soldiers in the film it would
seem a bit unrealistic), it is an honest portrayal of the mindset,
expectations, and mentality of these specific groups of soldiers.
Another strong point is the relatively lack of action. This is also an
honest portrayal. Much of war is 95% of sitting around, doing random
chores, getting bored out of your mind, mixed in with 5% of terror and
serious fighting which can shake anyone's mental foundation and nerves.
. I feel this series captured this rather well.
The only downside to the film was David simon's typecasting of the obnoxious character from season 2 of the wire (wire fans will know what im talking about). It was good once, but not twice. Additionally, Skarsgard acting is rather wooden and questionable, particularly his accent, which ranges from southern, to standard, to something I've never heard of. I've lived in Scandinavia for quit some time so i've come quite accustomed to hearing their English, which is mostly excellent, but there are still hints.
Agree with the war or not, this series shows the bravery, albeit at times maniacal nature of men, who go into action when called upon.
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