“Generation Kill”: Folks, you’re really missing out

POSTED BY STUART LEVINE

It hardly seems possible, following all the accolades David Simon and Ed Burns received for the final season of “The Wire,” but the duo’s current seven-part miniseries “Generation Kill” seems to be chugging along far underneath the radar.Genkill07simon_2

I can understand why: Iraq War films have been having a difficult time breaking through theatrically for awhile now, and the same reasons for their failure on the bigscreen — uncomfortable subject matter, violent, many view our invasion of Iraq as wrongheaded — make it a tough sell on TV too.

While watching anything Simon and Burns (pictured above) create is a given — the pair are currently putting together “Treme,” about the post-Katrina situation in New Orleans — the first “Gen Kill” episode wasn’t the easiest piece of material to digest. Characters were hard to distinguish from one another, dialogue was dense, there were a ton of military acronyms and the language was coarse.

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  1. jengod says:

    I’ve seen all seven and loved it. I’m sure this will slowly build buzz over a long period of time, like Band of Brother did back in 2001+

  2. alynch says:

    *Sigh*, this show is not badmouthing the military; it is merely giving a warts-and-all portrait of what is happening over there. Most of the men are portrayed in a positive light. I can only think of four or five characters who are being given negative characteristics. This show is staying true to what really happened and has received the approval of just about everyone being portrayed in the series. It’s dedication to realism makes it more respectful to people in the military than any Iraq War dramatization yet.

  3. Lincoln says:

    Watched every episode so far. The reason no one wants to watch this is because it has nothing good to say about the US military, or humanity in general. It is just one mistake after another. Most people respect the men and women in the military and do not want to see only the bad. Only those who are left leaning to the point they want to see the US lose in Iraq would find this mini series watchable.

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