The Men Who Stare at Goats [2009] Movie Review Recommendation

The Men Who Stare at Goats [2009]

When you read the title of the movie like this, you know it is going to be good. I mean this is not some marketing scheme, but it has an actual connection to the story. Before I start reviewing the movie a few notes on its authenticity. The events about the research of the paranormal and its achievements are no secret and most of the events that happened here actually happened (locating the abducted man in Spain is the most famous one), if you are interested, I think that this subject is in one of the documentaries in the Fifth Dimension series.

Now, back to the movie. Bob Wilton is a simple man, that leads a simple life. He lives with his girlfriend and works for the local newspaper. After his wife leaves him for his boss, he will go on a soul finding mission in Iraq, and there he will meet a strange man that claims to be a member of a secret group in American Army that deals with paranormal warfare. Great cast, excellent camera work and sandy setting of the Iraq produced a very good visual effect. The story is very interesting, and although it seems to be dealing with army and paranormal, actually it deals with life and hope also. However, sometimes the main story seems disjointed because of the constant shifts between characters and their troubles. Fast-paced and witty, The Men Who Stare at Goats is an intriguing movie with great cast, so be sure to check it out.

Director: Grant Heslov

Cast: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang, Robert Patrick

Fun Stuff: This film talks extensively about being Jedis and using Jedi powers. Ewan McGregor played a Jedi Master in the Star Wars prequels.


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