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Five if you are former CIA or SOF, rest of world will not get it,
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An extraordinarily talented and experienced international law enforcement officer watched this on loan from me before I saw it, and hated it. Now that I have watched it myself, I understand--if you have not been deeply engaged with CIA and all of its idiocyncrasies including remote viewing, acoustic-kitty, the pigeons that came before Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and then over to SOF (Special Operations Forces) where "unconventional" had to go covert to survive the straight-leg generals with no clue, you will simply not appreciate this movie.
DanD nails it--this is satire and also a brilliant documentary of what can only be decribed as a well-intentioned long-running Goat F..k. The movie is a collage of several different real initiatives including the First Earth Battalion (I knew a couple of the principals, decades ahead of their time); the Peace Warrior initiative, and of course Remote Viewing, the CIA's notorious MKULTRA and LSD for unwitting victims, and so on.
At one point in the movie the two principal actors are discussing the remorse--the angst--over having used his power to actually kill a goat with his mind, and the other guy pops in with "Silence of the Goats." That just about sums it up--this is, for someone steeped in the well-intentioned lunacy of the past--a perfect five, and I have to believe that the world-class actors that decided to do this did it knowing that it would be misunderstood by many, but a real hoot among the veterans of the seventies and eighties.
The only thing not in here, certainly worthy of a sequel to this movie, is extra-terrestial encounters, leveraging extra-terrestial technologies, warnings from extraterrestials [humans now being in a state of quarentine for being stupid squared], and the exotic, wasteful, and generally hilarious methods used to keep Area 51 and related projects "secret."
Peaceful Warrior (Widescreen)
First Earth Battalion Operations Manual: Reprint of Original Manual from the 70's
On the Psychology of Military Incompetence
Psychic Warrior: The True Story of America's Foremost Psychic Spy and the Cover-Up of the CIA's Top-Secret Stargate Program
Memoirs of a Psychic Spy: The Remarkable Life of U.S. Government Remote Viewer 001
Hidden Secrets: The Complete History of Espionage and the Technology Used to Support ItHidden Truth: Forbidden Knowledge
Disclosure : Military and Government Witnesses Reveal the Greatest Secrets in Modern History
Hidden Truth: Forbidden Knowledge
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Initial post: Sep 4, 2010 4:35:50 AM PDT
J. Cowgill says:
I am not former CIA/SOF, but I grew up in Northern Virginia. I totally get this movie and love the acting, subject matter and attitude. Thanks for the interesting and enjoyable review.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2010 1:15:26 PM PDT
Noted. Way too crazy for most.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2010 11:15:12 PM PDT
J. Cowgill says:
Thank you for your "see also" list as well.
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Posted on Feb 23, 2012 8:10:00 PM PST
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Mark O. Avery says:
Yeah, this film is whack!.....wack(?),........totally out to lunch, spasmotic,
infiltrational and as far fetched as the Isles of Langerhans.......
(fun, funny and curious as hell............)I'm having a great time and DO like
everyone in it, thus far! What's going on here!??!? You (R.D. Steele) are part
of this conspiracy too, aren't you? I take it mass consumption was not the object-
ive of this special film................. obtuse thinkers, stay seated!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2012 8:38:24 PM PST
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Posted on May 14, 2012 10:48:17 AM PDT
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You are right about what you wrote and the rest of the world will not understand what is going on and how real people are using their "talents" for reasons beyond belief. People do not know how capable and powerful the mind is.
Posted on Aug 17, 2012 7:03:03 AM PDT
"5.0 out of 5 stars Five if you are former CIA or SOF, rest of world will not get it" Very funny but true.
Posted on Aug 19, 2012 6:17:41 PM PDT
Rayan S. Alballaa says:
I think the latter part of the title of this review should've been "rest of world MAY not get it".
I'm not a CIA agent nor am I "deeply engaged" with the SOF. In fact, I'm not even an American but I do love this movie and I like to think that I "get" it.
I'd like to thank you for a very interesting "see also" list. Take care -:)
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2012 12:13:09 PM PDT
Those who do not think this movie is funny will never drink the blue waters of mother earth and you should have nothing whatsoever to do with them.