Monday, July 13, 2009

Movie You Should See: Generation Kill

This is all I should have to show you to get you to watch:
The final scene:

But, if you need more convincing.

The 7-part mini-series is stark, quiet, loud, funny, sad, moving, and paints a picture of the first phase of the the war in Iraq in 2003. Based on the book of the same name by Evan Wright, a reporter for The Rolling Stone, the mini-series follows U.S. Marine Corps' 1st Reconnaissance Battalion as they carry out the mission's as they are told to, no matter what their personal feelings are toward those missions.

As one who is not a big fan of "war" movies, I mostly rented this because Alexander Skarsgard was in it, he plays Sgt. Brad "Iceman" Colbert. But I am glad that I did because it's not the typical "war" movie. It is not all explosions and blood and guts and Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. It's more somber, more quiet and more reserved. There is no music save the songs the Marine's sing, until the very last episode 'Bomb in the Garden' when the company sits down to watch a video one of them made and a Johnny Cash song, 'When the Man Comes Around', starts to play. I liked it this way, it made the show more personal and made it feel like you were there with them, instead of watching a mini-series full of actors who were in Africa.

Here are a few clips:
If you are squeamish about language, skip through most of this, though I hope you watch because it shows some of the great humor used to break up what they were going through.

One of the many stupid speeches given to the Marines:

And a best of the action parts:

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