HBO’s ‘Generation Kill’ is set to engage war issues with an intense chronicle of the opening days of the Iraq war giving insiders a look at the violent and chaotic war, while managing to be funny.
The seven episode mini-series is an adaptation of Evan Wright’s best-selling book about the U.S. Marines deployed to Iraq, from writers David Simon and Ed Burns (HBO’s “The Wire”).
David Simon and Ed Burns (“The Wire”) wrote the film’s story to “Generation Kill” to reflect Wright”s point of view as he followed the U.S. Marines First Reconnaissance Battalion during the first wave of attacks in 2003. Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright, played by Lee Tergesen (“Oz”) in the film, was there with the small group of Marines and wrote the articles for the magazine which later expanded into the book. To keep the authenticity, Wright attempted not to influence the readers’ mind in any way which reportedly went over well at a screening for “Generation Kill” to several hundred Marines at Camp Pendleton in Southern California, according to Eric Kocher, a soldier who appears in Wright’s book.
The mini-series will begin with the young group of Marines, led by Sgt. Brad Colbert (Alexander Skarsgard) and Cpl. Ray Person (James Ransone), preparing to go into battle against the Iraqis or “the Hajis” as they refer to them in the film.
“This is like Gilligan’s Island,” one Marine claims in regards to there lack of supplies. “They’re giving us rocks and coconuts to make radios with.”
“Why can’t we ever invade a cool country with women in bikinis?” Person asks first then later in a next episode, after coming to a village of attractive Iraqi women, states “I didn’t know Hajis could be hotties.”
You’ll need to follow the film closely to signify each character as the military film makes it challenging at points to tell the difference between them but the ‘nicknames’ will definitely standout such as “Ice Man,” “Encino Man,” “Godfather,” and “Captain America”.
“Generation Kill” debuts 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO and though taken from points of view of the beginning of the war in 2003, the film is expected to also depict episodes of recent Iraq war events.