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Forget about the ridiculously overrated The Hurt Locker, if you want to see a truly exceptional piece of film making regarding the Iraq war then look no further than this.

This 7 episode miniseries (3 discs with total running time 348 minutes) is a far superior alternative to last night's Oscar winner in every department, I can't recommend it highly enough. And this is the best price it's ever been too.
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#1
good price, but i was a disappointed with the series, everyone else seems to love it though
#2
Really? How come?

The reason I enjoyed it so much was due to its (I have to assume but also according to those who served there at the same time) high realism and non-judgemental position on the events it portrayed and the people involved in them. I've never come across a more adult script in my life. Felt I had free space to examine the situation and really make up my own mind on what was being presented.

Of course, there were moments of drama and the characters were excellent too, so it wasn't a pure (fake) documentary. But the drama and the almost ana-lly detailed realism were so well balanced that I gained the best of both worlds; entertainment and a good insight into a situation that hasn't been that well covered so far.

Wasn't a big fan of The Wire myself but with this one I found the critical acclaim fully justified.
#3
Great show, great price; heat added.

and I agree, Hurt Locker is completely over-rated; not a bad film but nothing special either.
#4
Good show have some heat
#5
Agree with the OP, a thousand times better than the now Oscar winning Hurt Locker.
#6
BCBobUK
Great show, great price; heat added.

and I agree, Hurt Locker is completely over-rated; not a bad film but nothing special either.


+1
#7
Yeah I watched the Hurt Locker not hearing any of the hype, and I thought it was a good film. Didn't like the bit where the yanks save the english when pinned down under fire.

Didn't see why so much fuss has been made over it mind.

Only watched the first 5 mins of this and been meaning to get it watched. Good price.
#8
Didn't do a very good job of saving the English either I seem to recall.

+1 with the OP, but just to stir it up, I thought Occupation on BBC One was right up there as a great Iraqi war drama. Heartbreaking in a way neither Gen Kill or Hurt Locker was.
#9
hurtlocker is a war movie made by a woman and you can tell :p

i wasnt that impressed with this series either tho, some good bits but too slow for moi... seemed to focos around small talk too much
suspended#10
How does this compare with band of brothers?

Half as good if so im buying :)
#11
Starr
How does this compare with band of brothers?

Half as good if so im buying :)


Nowhere near as good as Band Of Brothers but it is still worth watching. Less dramatic than Band of Brothers, focuses more on realism; they didn't wear helmets in BoB so the viewer could familiarise themselves with the actors, whereas Generation Kill puts them in helmets so the first ep everyone looks the same. You get used to it though. Not sure it is worth £14.99 only on DVD though.
#12
Band of Brothers is the best war mini series to date!!

Anyone seen the new Pacific, any good?

Great price on this though!!
#13
Great series, very slow in parts but it's never boring, once you get into you'll be hooked, the dialogue is excellent - listen to the background chatter. I wouldn't buy it though if you've got cable or Sky as it's on the telly quite a bit. Just finished on 4 and been on a couple of others too inc HD.
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cesarezp
Band of Brothers is the best war mini series to date!!

Anyone seen the new Pacific, any good?

Great price on this though!!


This is as good as Band of Brothers IMO, not quite as big budget or Hollywood though.

Rep for reminding me about Pacific, I'd completely forgotten about it, starts March 14th in US. Last series of Lost is currently on in US too, I've been watching it and it's really good.:-D
#15
March 14th, cool! Thanks for that!!

makkax1
This is as good as Band of Brothers IMO, not quite as big budget or Hollywood though.

Rep for reminding me about Pacific, I'd completely forgotten about it, starts March 14th in US. Last series of Lost is currently on in US too, I've been watching it and it's really good.:-D
#16
Oscar mike to Amazon! :)
#17
Starr
How does this compare with band of brothers?

Half as good if so im buying :)


It's not as 'epic' as BoB is or as moving perhaps. Modern warfare is more clinical for a start.

But you still gain a lot from it and I actually preferred GK because it did away with a lot of the movie and TV staples. There's no score, no helpful exposition whatsoever, people have accused it of lacking a narrative even, events don't unfold so much as they just happen. I can see how this would annoy some people. But I found the approach refreshing, it dumps you in the situation and it's left up to you to make of it all what you will. That's not to say it's a pain to watch, I found the viewing experience pretty sublime as it goes, expertly crafted.

I realise I'm in a tiny minority on this front though.

At very least, it's similar to yet different enough from BoB to merit a watch if you enjoyed that and it's easily half as good, yeah. :)
#18
Thought this was crap too, Rambo (the 2008 version) was much better.
#19
pablotatt
Thought this was crap too, Rambo (the 2008 version) was much better.


Idiot.

This was a great mini-series, i loved every minute, the dialogue was excellent and the realism produced was very gripping, you saw both sides to the story. Havent seen hurt locker yet but i doubt it'll be able to match something like this.

The makers of both this and The Wire deserve multiple awards.
#20
This was a brilliant programme... just as good as BoB....

Can't wait for Pacific.
#21
Reload
It's not as 'epic' as BoB is or as moving perhaps. Modern warfare is more clinical for a start.

But you still gain a lot from it and I actually preferred GK because it did away with a lot of the movie and TV staples. There's no score, no helpful exposition whatsoever, people have accused it of lacking a narrative even, events don't unfold so much as they just happen. I can see how this would annoy some people. But I found the approach refreshing, it dumps you in the situation and it's left up to you to make of it all what you will. That's not to say it's a pain to watch, I found the viewing experience pretty sublime as it goes, expertly crafted.

I realise I'm in a tiny minority on this front though.

At very least, it's similar to yet different enough from BoB to merit a watch if you enjoyed that and it's easily half as good, yeah. :)


+1
#22
pablotatt
Thought this was crap too, Rambo (the 2008 version) was much better.


No way man, Rambo III rules ;-)
suspended#23
Thanks for the replies,

Might try and catch some trailers on this to see what its like.

Didnt meant to start a band of brothers appreciation group :whistling:

Watching it now on blu ray though :-D
#24
Pacific looks too relient in CGI thats my first impression from the trailer.

BoB was the best mini series EVERY! hope Pacific dosnt spoil it
#25
Starr

Didnt meant to start a band of brothers appreciation group :whistling:


That's okay. Did the same thing on a Hurt Locker thread the other day with Generation Kill in fact. Guess this is karma. :-D
#26
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#27
I really enjoyed Generation Kill and to be fair I liked the way it downplayed a lot of stuff and showed the quirky side of soldiers rather than portraying them as a bunch of highly polished, brainwashed, bull-s(h)itting, patriots :thumbsup:

I identified with a lot of the content from my own 6 years "in green" and thought it was pretty accurate overall for any of the nay sayers...my own opinion of US Soldiers was always fairly low and this was refreshing to see them acting more like British soldiers (opinionated and using discretion) - that's progress I hope!

The Hurt Locker was also a pretty good movie (for me at least) I had no pre-conceived ideas about the movie at all and just watched it on the premise that it was "about Iraq" :thumbsup:
#28
Reload
It's not as 'epic' as BoB is or as moving perhaps. Modern warfare is more clinical for a start.

But you still gain a lot from it and I actually preferred GK because it did away with a lot of the movie and TV staples. There's no score, no helpful exposition whatsoever, people have accused it of lacking a narrative even, events don't unfold so much as they just happen. I can see how this would annoy some people. But I found the approach refreshing, it dumps you in the situation and it's left up to you to make of it all what you will. That's not to say it's a pain to watch, I found the viewing experience pretty sublime as it goes, expertly crafted.

I realise I'm in a tiny minority on this front though.

At very least, it's similar to yet different enough from BoB to merit a watch if you enjoyed that and it's easily half as good, yeah. :)


Could this be cos it is based in true events were there is no score and the story is as was so close to the truth ? just my 2 pence worth. Good review though :thumbsup:
#29
mrgentry
Could this be cos it is based in true events were there is no score and the story is as was so close to the truth ? just my 2 pence worth. Good review though :thumbsup:


True. But BoB is based on true events too. Although nowhere near as directly; compiled by a Historian as opposed to related by an embedded reporter. So yeah, I guess there's more room for dramatic license with BoB which partly accounts for the difference in style. Still a brave move making GK the way they did though.

Definitely think war is best dramatised via TV series' as opposed to films. Becomes more about the people involved as opposed to trying to make some overall point about war in general. Tour of Duty was also excellent from what I remember.
#30
Reload
True. But BoB is based on true events too. Although nowhere near as directly; compiled by a Historian as opposed to related by an embedded reporter. So yeah, I guess there's more room for dramatic license with BoB which partly accounts for the difference in style. Still a brave move making GK the way they did though.

Definitely think war is best dramatised via TV series' as opposed to films. Becomes more about the people involved as opposed to trying to make some overall point about war in general. Tour of Duty was also excellent from what I remember.


Roger that. Tour of Duty was good and you get a better feel for the people invloved with TV which is why BoB was so good as well.

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