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No Goats. No Glory.
|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. Marshall Fine of the Huffington Post states "Grant Heslov's wild comedy is a delicious and funny trip through the powers of the mind -- and the powers of suggestion." Inspired by Jon Ronson's non-fiction bestseller of the same name, this is an eye-opening and hilarious story of the government's attempts to harness soldiers' paranormal abilities in order to combat its enemies. Also stars Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges.|
"A superbly written loony-tunes satire, played by a tony cast at the top of its game. Derek Elley, Variety
"An often highly amusing comedy in the vein of Catch 22 and Dr Strangelove, this lively satire looks destined for future cult status. Great soundtrack, too. Mark Salisbury, Premiere
Editor's NoteLoosely 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.
The Men Who Stare at Goats - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Emm Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 6/30/2010 1:03 PM
|The Men Who Stare at Goats was meant to be the hilarious film that blew the lid off a top secret wing of the US military that harnessed paranormal abilities in the fight against its enemies. There was no way that an all-star cast of Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, and Jeff Bridges could go wrong and the ensemble cast should have ensured first class comedy for the discerning movie fan. It is no surprise then that I had high expectations of the film and was really looking forward to seeing it but I have to say that The Men Who Stare at Goats just didn’t work for me at all....read the full review|
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