Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats.

The Men Who Stare at Goats.
Blu Ray and DVD.

It has a silly name but it is well worth watching. Jeff Bridges plays a stoner army colonel who leads an army of hippy soldiers. George Clooney plays a psychically trained soldier, who was once the number one psychic in the military. As the story progresses, he tries to convince reporter Ewan McGregor that he is a real life Jedi warrior.

The casting of McGregor as a doubting reporter was a giant nod to the audience as he is famous for playing a Jedi warrior.

This was based off of a true story about the military creating an army of hippy, psychic warriors that would change the world with peace and not lethal weapons. The previews made it seem like a comedy and while there are funny parts, it is more in the situations and the acting than in the jokes.

The story of the psychic army was told in flashback as Ewan and George travel through Iraq during the initial American occupation.

The fact that this is a actual true story that took place just a short time ago makes you really think. Some of the things, such as Barney music being played 24 hours a day to torture prisioners, I remembered hearing about in the news.

Kevin Spacey played the role he seems best at; a guy with his own agenda who doesn't care for authority.

On a side note my Safeway club card is registered under the name of Ewan McGregor.

7 out of 10

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