Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Director: Grant Heslov
Writers:  Peter Straughan, Jon Ronson (Book)
Cast:      George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey

A reporter desperate to get into Iraq meets a guy who claims to be a former member of US Army's New Earth Army, a unit which employs paranormal powers and Jedi tricks in their missions. What follows is a buddy road film where they are on a mission that ends up as redemptive journey during which they free up goats.

The film is based on Jon Ronson's book which is an account of investigation about the attempts made by the US army to employ psychic powers as weapon. Yeah, you read that right. The film's first half is really good with plenty of laughs in the quirky Coens' style. Although it has an incredible cast, the characters of Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey are not all that great. But Cassidy played by Clooney more than makes up for it. It is a good watch even though second half is kind of disappointing. Reminded me of 'Three Kings'.

Rating: 3.5/5