Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats - Ending War Through Goats?

Grant Heslov's "The Men Who Stare at Goats" has got to be one of the weirdest films I've ever seen. It seems to be borne out of psychedelia - from the mind of Jon Ronson, author of the novel from which this film was based. Must have been a great novel because the film attracted a stellar cast.

In the film, a reporter (Ewan McGregor) gets more than he bargained for when he unravels a secret psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. His adventure takes him to Kuwait, with the intention of crossing the border to Iraq to get a Pulitzer caliber story. He meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) who reveals the nature of this secret military unit - with psychic soldiers! Weird? I told you!

George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey star in this comedy adventure that will give you an inkling of what "spaced out" might really mean. Though every one seems to do their best, all the best effort is an exercise in futility when the major story is a big wad of absurdity. Ewan MGregor is such a handsome sight though. Right, Iyaya?

Freedom from all wars! Freedom for the goats?

Marooned in a desert!

Let's make love, not war!

Ewan McGregor

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