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The Men Who Stare At Goats

Rated R – 1h33 -themenwhostare

I think I liked the journey of this one, even though I didn’t get the feeling we were really going anywhere.

Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is a journalist during the Iraq War, who goes searching for a story and finds a covert military program that trains psychic spies. Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) was the top spy from the program. The two meet by chance and Cassady takes Wilton on a journey through Iraq to complete an assignment that may or may not be real.

Jeff Bridges plays the military leader that came up with the psychic soldiers idea after he tuned in, turned off and dropped a lot of LSD in the 60’s. He’s clearly “Dude-esque,” just as he was in The Big Lebowski.

Playing on McGregor’s role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, references to the psychic spies and Jedis are fluent. Fortunately, the novelty wasn’t overdone. The connections to the actors and other roles they’ve played is blatant, but not distracting.

Some of the sillier moments come with the use of animals in the film including the goats, which can be killed by the Jedis, simply by staring. You are constantly guessing if the powers are real, or if these soldiers are just really big subscribers to Oprah’s “The Secret.”

Either way, it may not matter. The film is laced with some humorous moments and I appreciated the message. Its good to keep hope alive that there are always other ways to resolve conflict.

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11/08/2009 2:45PM
The Men Who Stare At Goats
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