Generation Kill: Miniseries (2008)


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Generation Kill

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Generation Kill plunges the viewer into war with a visceral force that's still somehow reined in by masterful storytelling and a strong command of period details.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2008

In the opener of this seven-part miniseries about an elite Marine unit in the first weeks of the Iraq War, the diverse members of the First Recon Battalion await orders to invade at Camp Mathilda in Kuwait in 2003. Based on the book by Evan Wright, a reporter who was embedded with the unit as they crossed the border.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2008

With the invasion of Iraq now in full swing, Sgt. Colbert tries to keep his unit focused. First Recon Marines adjust to shifting attack plans while anticipating their first contact with the enemy in Nasiriyah and Al Gharraf.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2008

The "Godfather" orders Bravo Company to travel 40 kilometers to secure an Iraqi airfield believed to be controlled by the Republican Guard, in advance of British paratroopers. But the mission is marred by a "friendly fire" attack on a supply convoy and Trombley's overzealous reaction to a change in the rules of engagement, which results in a desperate request being sent up the chain of command.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2008

Grumbling in the ranks about the abandoned supply truck occupies time to kill at the captured airfield, but Bravo is soon on the move again, heading north, clearing villages and setting up a roadblock outside Al Hayy. Meanwhile, Alpha is ordered to find the body of a marine in Al Shatra, but their mission is delayed by a CIA operation.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2008

Despite an armored division's punishing response to 1st Recon's intelligence-gathering about an ambush-in-waiting at a strategic bridge, Bravo still meets stiff resistance while making several attempts to cross it; a survey of the battlefield prompts more questions than answers about the enemy; a roadblock in Al Muwaffiqiyah tests the Marines' ever-changing rules of engagement.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2008

After First Recon is assigned the unfamiliar mission of escorting hundreds of civilians fleeing Baghdad, they begin to wonder if their part in the war may be ending. But the Godfather has other plans to get his men back into the battle.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2008

In the series finale, Bravo arrives in Baghdad, where they do their best to address a restless population's concerns about food, water, medicine and electricity shortages. Meanwhile, a departing Scribe discusses recent events with the Godfather, and tempers flare during a football game at an abandoned Iraqi army base.

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Critic Reviews for Generation Kill Miniseries

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (27)

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

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

This is all a stark, searing contrast to the overall majesty of HBO's previous Band of Brothers... There's nothing picturesque about Generation Kill.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The series conveys tweaked anxiety, stifling alienation, and, not entirely on purpose, elaborate boredom.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…
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Vivid storytelling, superb acting and a frank approach make this a TV landmark.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

A show that throws you into the deep end of the pool, and after some thrashing around, you discover that you can swim.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfolds chaotically, with none of the narrative cues - explanatory dialogue, musical-score manipulations - we've come to expect from mainstream storytelling.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

You get to live with the men, and feel it, and then experience why the operation... will lead to where we are now. It's powerful stuff.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Captures that sense of recent history urgently realized.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The characters are not defined clearly enough to invite investment in them... There is no real story line in which to become involved.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

To its credit, Generation Kill does not offer much resolution; much like The Wire, it explores generational, economic, and cultural shifts.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

An engrossing, detailed military character drama.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Generation Kill's unblinking perspective creates an alarmingly vivid portrayal of modern warfare.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Generation Kill: Miniseries

  • May 11, 2019
    This series portrays the marines as a bunch of culturally ignorant morons. It is well made and quite gripping but the stupidity of the men portrayed is really annoying. They really could not have been as bad as this would have us believe.
  • Feb 07, 2019
    this is one of those things you watch that sticks with you for a long time after great acting good camera work, feels like watching combat footage historically accurate some episodes have slow parts, sometimes the following scenes dont feel like a good payoff for what was shown good effects surprisingly nice character development great series to watch over and over again
  • Dec 24, 2017
    Best military show ever. Supposedly as close to real life as you can get.
  • Oct 07, 2017
    An 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 tense. 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 is the unity of brotherhood and them being highly trained killers.For me, the best part and the highlight of the series are the touch of humor 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 the limelight. Do watch it, it's fun as well as education.

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