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In this quirky dark comedy inspired by a real life story you will hardly believe is actually true, astonishing revelations about a top-secret wing of the U.S. Military come to light when a reporter encounters an enigmatic Special Forces operator on a mind-boggling mission.
Reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor, Angels & Demons) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (Academy Award® winner George Clooney, Best Supporting Actor 2005, Syriana), a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. Military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of “Warrior Monks” with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy’s thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program’s founder, Bill Django (Jeff Bridges, Iron Man), has gone missing and Cassady’s mission is to find him.
Intrigued by his new acquaintance’s far-fetched stories, Bob impulsively decides to accompany him on the search. When the pair tracks Django to a clandestine training camp run by renegade psychic Larry Hooper (two-time Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey, Best Actor 1999, American Beauty and Best Supporting Actor 1995, The Usual Suspects), the reporter is trapped in the middle of a grudge match between the forces of Django’s New Earth Army and Hooper’s personal militia of super soldiers. In order to survive this wild adventure, Bob will have to outwit an enemy he never thought possible.
Inspired by Jon Ronson’s non-fiction bestseller of the same name, the film proves an eye-opening and often hilarious exploration of the government’s attempts to harness paranormal abilities to combat its enemies.
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Reviews Counted: 203
Rotten:-Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, November 17, 2011
Rotten: The Men Who Stare at Goats makes [True Lies] seem like a sensitive and balanced take on American/Middle Eastern relations.-Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, October 21, 2010
Rotten: All in all, Goats would have been groaningly familiar, even back in the 1960s.-Rafer Guzman, Newsday, July 06, 2010
Fresh: Despite this offbeat film's shortcomings, one can't help but admire director Grant Heslov and his influential pal Clooney in bringing to the screen yet another timely reminder of war's ludicrousness and ultimate futility.-Gavin Bond, Sunday Times (Australia), March 02, 2010
I personally thought this was great!:) It's 1 of my favorites. It is NOT just a stoner flick and for those who found it bland & or Not Funny, obviously do not have a sense of "dark" humor!! To each their own I guess.
Reviewer: Melanie Review refers to DVD version
You wouldn't have/had to be a stoner to like "The Men Who Stare At Goats" any more than one would have/had to use the disclaimer: 'I guess you had to be there' to get the 'joke' that was the socio-political/military climate of the 1970's and 1980's. You wouldn't have been required to have had an at least basic, literature/film criticism 101 undergraduate course to grasp the social and/or political satire of the times. You wouldn't have had to read and/or view "Catch 22", or "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", "Slaughterhouse 5" or "A Catcher in the Rye" (to name but a few). You wouldn't have to watch the news or read the op/ed sections of newspapers from around the world or some of the great literary masterpieces or necessarily be a student of history, but it certainly wouldn't hurt either.
Reviewer: mannkovski Review refers to DVD version
This was not at all what I expected. It was boring, the story line didn't make sense, and the comedy was bland.
Reviewer: Jess Review refers to DVD version
I hate to say it, I expected more from it. It was more of a stoner flick than anything (or so I thought). I thought it was a decent movie, but I wish I would have rented it instead of purchasing it.
Reviewer: Adam Review refers to DVD version
The movie was entertaining but as usual they show all the good parts in the previews but overall it was good not as funny as I thought it was gonna be but good
Reviewer: Pam Review refers to DVD version