If you’ve been reading here for a while, you might remember that I’m a pretty big into war movies and TV shows. Not for the gore or the glorification of violence, but more from an historical perspective. Back in 2005, HBO aired a show about the US invasion of Iraq called ‘Over There’ that I was really excited about, and then really disappointed by, so now I’ve learned my lesson about getting my hopes up.
So after hearing about a writer for Rolling Stone named Evan Wright who was embedded with an elite group of Recon Marines during the initial invasion of Iraq, then finding his serial he wrote afterwards for the magazine and loving it, I was even more pleased to find out that he had turned those stories into a book. It’s a great book called ‘Generation Kill‘ and it really delves into all the problems in the Iraq war, the mindset of the men fighting it and how much can wrong when everyone is trying to do what they think is the right thing. I’m having trouble putting this book down and I’ve only had it for a few days.
Imagine my excitement when I heard HBO was making a miniseries based on the book! Well, I didn’t let my hopes get too high, but the miniseries has now aired, the reviews are in and it’s awesome. I’ve seen a few episodes and it’s well written, well shot and the characters and acting are great. Bottom line, if you like war movies, you’ll love this show. Ditto for the book.
That being said, both the book and the series have some of the most shocking language I’ve ever seen or heard, so this isn’t for the faint of heart. Check out this trailer on YouTube, and visit the official site for the miniseries if you want more info.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find an actor in this series that you can name from previous work, although a handful are barely recognizable from bit-parts in other series’, but that adds to the feeling of realism. There’s also a LOT of military technical jargon that is explained in greater detail in the book, but would be really boring to explain in a TV show. Just ignore it and treat it as though you’re watching people from another world, which you are. Check it out.