Saturday, July 14, 2012

Generation Kill - TV SHOW REVIEW

Written by: David Simon, Ed Burns
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Stark Sands, Lee Tergesen

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Seven episode miniseries Generation Kill is television at it's finest.

I know it's been out for 4 years but bear with me... From the writers and producers of The Wire (the best television show EVER), comes a miniseries that follows the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Based on the book written by Rolling Stone journo Evan Wright, who was embedded in the battalion with them, this show absolutely blew me away. Four episodes in I was already sad that it was almost over!

If you want to strip the plot down, it essentially follows a recon crew that lead the invasion into Iraq and killed a bunch of people, blew a bunch of shit up and seized a bunch of towns but it's obviously not the plot we watch for. People will always argue as to how accurate a portrayal of what going to war is like so I don't worry about that stuff, I'll just enjoy it for what it is. Over the course of this 7-hour long piece of work, you're thrown into the trenches with these guys and really get invested in them, their battalion and the Iraq invasion. It's so worthwhile, if not to see one aspect of the Iraq invasion, but just to watch a really good story... and it always helps that it's based on the truths in Wright's book.

Nominated for 11 Emmys (and winning 3), I'm kicking myself I didn't watch Generation Kill earlier. You will be too.

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