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Generation Kill

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Generation Kill follows the highly trained Marines of First Recon Battalion through the first 40 days of the Iraq war. The seven-part miniseries portrays the true story of the young Marines' experience at the tip of the spear of the American invasion, as they contend with equipment shortages, incompetent commanding officers, ever evolving Rules of Engagement and an unclear strategy. 'Generation Kill' is based on the award-winning book by Evan Wright, who was embedded with First Recon and originally reported the story in a series of articles for Rolling Stone. The series also benefited greatly from the presence of two of the real-life Marines it depicts - Sgt. Eric Kocher and Cpl. Jeffrey Carisalez - who served as consultants. A third First Recon Marine, Sgt. Rudy Reyes, appears in the miniseries, portraying himself.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: HBO
  • Hal Boedeker

    Generation Kill stands in the tradition of classic war movies. Vivid storytelling, superb acting and a frank approach make this a TV landmark.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Generation Kill is rewarding in its complexity. It feels real - and that realness is bracing, sad and funny in equal measures.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    What Kill has to offer is clarity and clear-eyed empathy. TV's the better for it.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Wright says. "After the Vietnam War ended, the onus of shame largely fell on the veterans. This time around, if shame is to be had when the Iraq conflict ends--and all indications are there will be plenty of it--the veterans are the last people in America to deserve it." Generation Kill makes that point so powerfully as to stand among the truest and most trenchant war movies of all time.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Kill pays both you and its subjects two solid compliments: It doesn't scream ''Take heed: This is a work of art!'' And it lets you form your own opinions about what its social commentary is.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Critical without being overtly political, with stretches of boredom punctuated by the sudden chaos of firefights where it’s impossible to distinguish innocent bystanders from insurgents, Generation Kill is both timely and timeless.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    It’s as addictive and absorbing, in its own way, as “The Wire.”

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    HBO's Generation Kill is remarkable.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ray Richmond

    Bolstered by superb acting and first-rate direction and cinematography, Kill delivers the goods in ways both unexpected and rewarding.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Colbert is the series' rock, and a straightman contrast to the constantly yammering Person, his driver. As the stoic enigma and the hopped-up smart-ass speed through the desert landscape, you could almost take Kill for a surreal road comedy.

    Time Full Review
  • John Leonard

    Meanwhile, some remarkable television has been made. To report on a new generation of young warriors raised on hip-hop, heavy metal, and video games, Wright went to Iraq as Michael Herr before him had gone to Vietnam, like Dante to hell with a cassette recording of Jimi Hendrix.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    Once again Simon and his producing partner, Ed Burns, plunge us deeply into the culture of foul-mouthed men, many of them barely out of their teens, who have ready access to firearms and agendas that have little to do with the American dream that you and I understood growing up. And, as before, you can’t stop watching it.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    This technically superior project intriguingly mirrors territory the producers explored in tackling Baltimore's mean streets, and while Baghdad's avenues are even meaner, the producers' impeccable craftsmanship is roughly the same.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    There’s a formal integrity to the Simon-and-Burns storytelling style--predicated on the theory that details matter, complexity rules and you can’t force momentum--that meshes well with the close-up vividness of Wright’s dispatches from an often chaotic front.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Wright is a diligent reporter, and his material has been whipped into a smooth script under producers David Simon and Ed Burns.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Generation Kill, which has a superb cast and script, provides a searingly intense, clear-eyed look at the first stage of the war, and it is often gripping. But like a beautiful woman who swathes herself in concealing clothes and distracting hats, the series fights its own intrinsic allure.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    It's best to get quickly past the confused and shapeless first episode and on to the rest, where the characters become individualized.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    A raucous, raunchy and utterly loving account of life at the bottom of the military food chain.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    There is a near-perfect symmetry between the sensibility of Wright's book and the work of Simon and Burns.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    An engrossing, detailed military character drama, Generation Kill is a modern-day "Band of Brothers," a warts-and-all account that hits closer to home because it depicts such recent events.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    Like Wright’s book, the series is disjointed and disturbing, a story of youthful workers who are underprepared, underequipped, and underinformed.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    You get the sense that the filmmakers' vision and Wright's are never quite in sync--or perhaps are in sync too perfectly.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Generation Kill tends to play as a series of discrete events. I suppose an argument might be made that this mirrors the way that the constant threat of extinction, and subject always to a sudden change in (rarely explained) orders, makes one live in the moment. I don't think that was what the producers intended, but it works well enough for watching it.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    If the world that Simon, Burns, Wright and company drop us into can be confusing at first (mirroring, as they intended, the confusion that Wright felt at the time), it's a fully-realized one that's both thousands of miles away (literally and figuratively) from the Baltimore of "The Wire" and one that will feel very familiar to anyone who spent a lot of time watching McNulty and Bunk drink at the train tracks.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    It plays like it's been built for antisocial boys--mchair heroes in love with guns and in search of demented adventure.

    Slate Full Review
  • Nancy Franklin

    If we got to know any of the characters in Generation Kill, the show might be more interesting, or, at least, more memorable.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Adam Buckman

    The end result of all that effort, however, is a miniseries that's as dull and throbbing as a severe headache.

    New York Post Full Review
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