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In this comedic look at real life events that are almost too bizarre to believe, reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) discovers an experimental top-secret wing of the U.S. military called The New Earth Army, trained to change the ways wars are fought through New Age psychic power. In search of his next big story, Wilton tracks down Lyn Cassady (Academy Award® winner George Clooney), a shadowy figure who claims to be a member of this legion of “Warrior Monks” with unparalleled psychic powers who can read the enemy’s thoughts, pass through walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it.
Hard to define but easy to enjoy, The Men Who Stare at Goats is the preposterous yet more-true-than-not story of a small-town journalist named Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) who, trying to prove himself in Iraq, stumbles upon a man named Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) who claims to be a psychic spy for the U.S. Army. With dazzling cinematic efficiency, the movie bounces back and forth between the origins of the New Earth Army--a squad of American Jedi warriors--and Bob and Lyn wandering through war-torn Iraq, pursuing a mission that turns out to have been assigned by a vision. The movie shifts from giddy comedy to melancholy as a portrait of human pettiness, manifested in military paranoia and corporate greed, unfolds. The ending loses a bit of steam, but most of The Men Who Stare at Goats is a delight--unusual yet satisfying, funny and thoughtful in turns. Jeff Bridges plays--of course--the addled yet charismatic founder of the New Earth Army, while Kevin Spacey plays--of course--the weaselly, manipulative psychic spy who turns what was meant to transform the world for the better into a mechanism for propaganda and worse. Adapted from the bestselling nonfiction book of the same title by British journalist Jon Ronson, The Men Who Stare at Goats niftily balances surface lunacy with serious undercurrents, buoyed by excellent performances from all involved. --Bret Fetzer
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I watched this movie over the weekend. It is an entertaining presentation of actual disturbing work done by military intelligence…presented as a dry comedy. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Spike3
This movie easily deserves more than 3.5 stars.
Entertaining, witty, and aesthetically pleasing, "The Men Who Stare at Goats" takes a tremendously-talented... Read more
You gotta love it. One of the best war comedies around. In subtle ways this movie shows the fallacy of modern US wars. Ewan McGregor has become one of my favorite actors. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Internet Customer
Read the book.....it is a documentary and portrayed to be true. The movie puts a Hollywood spin on it and is extremely entertaining but the underlying basis is mind blowing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph B. DeWitt
Read the book first and then watch the movie. The movie's approach seemed too comedic for what the topic was actually about. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MICHELLE O.
I owned this DVD for quite a while before I finally got around to watching it. Considering the star power here (Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey) I can understand why people... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter E. McGinn
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I have read many of the reviews of this movie. I realize that I am part of a smallish group, maybe just like the Jedi's in the movie are a smallish group. Either you get it or you don't. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen, period.
Mar 3, 2011 by Phoebe Saffold | See all 2 posts