A reporter whos embedded with The 1st Recon Marines gives his experiences during the early assult of the Baghdad war in 2003.
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James Ransone - Cpl. Josh Ray Person
Lee Tergesen - Evan Scribe Wright
Jon Huertas - Sgt. Antonio Espera
Stark Sands - Lt. Nathaniel Fick
Billy Lush - Lance Cpl. Harold James Trombley
Jonah Lotan - Navy Hm2 Robert Timothy Doc Bryan
Wilson Bethel - Cpl. Evan Q-Tip Stafford
Pawel Szajda - Cpl. Walt Hasser
Marc Menchaca - Gunnery Sgt. Mike Gunny Wynn
Rey Valentin - Cpl. Gabe Garza
Kellan Lutz - Cpl. Jason Lilley
Mike Figueroa - Sgt. Leandro Shady B Baptista
Rudy Reyes - Sgt. Rodolfo Rudy Reyes
Rich McDonald - Cpl. Anthony Manimal Jacks
Eric Ladin - Cpl. James Chaffin
Chance Kelly - Lt. Col. Stephen Godfather Ferrando
Eric Nenninger - Cpt. Dave Captain America McGraw
Brian Patrick Wade - Cpt. Craig Encino Man Schwetje
Neal Jones - Sgt. Maj. John Sixta
Michael Kelly - Cpt. Bryan Patterson
David Barrera - Gunnery Sgt. Ray Casey Kasem Griego
Benjamin Busch - Maj. Todd Eckloff
Owain Yeoman - Sgt. Eric Kocher
J. Salome Martinez - Cpl. Jeffrey Dirty Earl Carisalez
Nabil Elouahabi - Meesh
Langley Kirkwood - Sgt. Steven Lovell
Stefan Otto - Cpl. Nathan Christopher
Sal Alvarez - Cpl. Hector Leon
Daniel Fox - Pfc. John Christeson
Bjorn Steinbach - Cpl. Michael Stinetorf
Sydney Hall - Cpl. Teren T Holsey
Justin Shaw - Sgt. Michael Budweiser Brunmeier
Sean Brosnan - Cpl. Daniel Redman
Theo Landey - Sgt. Damon Fawcett
Kyle Siebert - Cpl. John Burris
Jeffrey John Carisalez - Cpl. Smith
Darron Meyer - Cpl. Cody Scott
Eric Kocher - Gunnery Sgt. Rich Barrett
Denton Douglas - Cpl. Trevor Darnold
Josh Barrett - Sgt. Larry Shawn Pappy Patrick
Robert John Burke - Maj. Gen. James Chaos Mattis
Jay Wilkison - CIA Agent
Review: Generation Kill
HBO mini-series Generation Kill consists of seven parts on the invasion of Iraq, without making any compromise and managing to be respectful to both parties involved. Generation Kill follows the adventures of a group of soldiers manifestly without shame or respect, the members of the elite Recon battalion that makes way for the actual invasion. However tough and remorseless the Recon team may be the series follows their actions with impeccable dignity. The odyssey of these men, from their tents in a Kuwait camp to the occupied Baghdad is depicted with brutal honesty and without using cinematography to make things more watchable. The closest thing to a "soundtrack" is the distorted sounds of the radio station and of course the sound of guns firing. Generation Kill is based on Evan Wright’s novel with the same title. Wright himself spent time with the Recon battalion in an effort to better understand their experience. Though it was tough for Wright to get army’s approval for his, he managed to convince them and soon his courage earned him their respect. His life was often in danger, but he survived and wrote the book on six of the soldiers he documented.
The mini series shows the reality of war in general and the war in Iraq in particular, a new type of war that was extremely fast paced and brutal in which combatants barley got to fire their weapons because it was too difficult to make enemies from comrades or civilians. Generation Kill is a series that manages to present the reality and horror of war to viewers. It portrays both the success of the team in its various missions but also the hard life soldiers have while in combat. The series is extremely brutal at times, the producers aiming to make this a realistic depiction of the war and less a romanticized story of American soldiers.
Pick Generation Kill if you are looking to get a close look at the horrors of war, the war in Iraq especially, as well as into the lives of the soldiers that are the first to arrive in a conflict zone.
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