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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Movie Review - Men Who Stare at Goats


Rated: R
Made In: 2009
Run Time: 94 minutes
Starring: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges

Loosely adapted from a nonfiction book by Jon Ronson, Grant Heslov's directorial debut The Men Who Stare at Goats begins as heartbroken reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) heads off to imbed himself with troops as the Iraq War starts, but Wilton can't get himself into the country until he chances upon Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). It turns out Lyn spent decades as part of the New Earth Army -- a platoon of men, led by Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), who lived a new-age lifestyle in an attempt to cultivate extrasensory perception that would allow the U.S. army to win wars nonviolently. Bill now has a secret mission in Iraq, and allows Bob to come along. As the duo gets into a series of misadventures, Lyn shares with Bob the colorful history of the New Earth Army and chronicles the nefarious machinations of Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey), whose jealousy of Lyn's remarkable skill brought an end to the group.

I did watch the whole movie but really didn't like it. I think it was to be funny but I didn't laugh. It was just kinda weird. I felt like I was waiting for more to happen. I'm giving this one only 2 stars out of 5.

3 comments:

Ann said...

I've never heard of the movie. I have to say that's one strange title :)

Jennifer/connectwithyourteens said...

It is a shame this movie turned out the way it did. With this great cast it should have been a much better film.

Clara said...

Thanks for the warning. I've thought about renting it. Glad I didn't waste my time.