The Men Who Stare at Goats

31 03 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 comedy film directed by Grant Heslov and written by Peter Straughan and released in theaters on November 6, 2009. It is based on the book of the same title by author Jon Ronson, an account of the investigation by Ronson and John Sergeant into attempts by US military forces to use psychic powers.


The film follows Ann Arbor Daily Telegram reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), who one day interviews Gus Lacey, a man who claims to have psychic abilities. Bob shrugs Lacey off as crazy. Soon after, Bob’s wife leaves him for his editor. Bob, out of anger, flies to Kuwait to investigate the Iraq War. However, he stumbles onto the story of a lifetime when he meets Special Forces operator, Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). Lyn reveals that he was part of an American army unit training psychic spies (or “Jedi Warriors”), trained to develop a range of parapsychological skills including invisibility, remote viewing, cloud bursting, walking through walls, and intuition.And then movie follows the adventures of Bob and Lyn through their journey through the deserts of middle east and some occasional flash backs of Jedi Warriors training.
The main thing which attracted to this movie was the presence of Kevin Spacey as I am a die-hard fan of the actor. I was slightly disappointed with film’s inability to transform the above said premise to a much more interesting one.I was also disappointed that Spacey’s presence was not properly utilized by both screen play and the director.
And the thing about screenplay is that it fails to deliver because of its inability to remove confusion from the audience’s mind about whether the whole story in the story of the film is fact or fiction[bit confusing isn’t it?to understand what I am trying to prove, watch the film!]Script has many holes which sticks out itself whenever we try to think about what the script writer is intending to convey.So I stopped thinking by the middle of the film and started seeing the film in the passive mode and then it became interesting.
The movie is not all that bad and it has got many lighter moments sugar-coated with Clooney’s performance.But the performance which stands out is that of the ¬†Jeff Bridges’ one[Don’t ask me what’s his connection with Oscars]

My Verdict

Watch this film…?I can give either yes nor no…so I guess its up to you….some may like it and some may not

[5 star sating]


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