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The Men Who Stare At Goats [DVD] [2009]

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  • Actors: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Robert Patrick
  • Directors: Grant Heslov
  • Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Paul Lister
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YV5S4Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,791 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kevin Spacey, George Clooney and Ewan McGregor star in this war spoof based on the non-fiction book by Jon Ronson. With a freshly-failed marriage behind him, rookie reporter Bob Wilton (McGregor) decides to lose himself in the romance of war by travelling to Iraq to report from the front line. Bob gets more than he bargains for when he meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), a 'psychic' special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, New Age-influenced military unit whose goal is to put an end to war by using mind control techniques, peace and love as taught in Vietnam in the early 1970s by 'New Earth Army' founder Bill Django (Jeff Bridges). When Bob and Lyn set out together across the Kuwait border into Iraq, they get kidnapped and end up in a secret desert training camp run by Django's treacherous former student Larry Hooper (Spacey), who is running a lab of bizarre paranormal experiments aided by his former mentor, now a spaced-out alcoholic.

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The Men Who Stare At Goats is an hilarious comedy inspired by a real life story you will hardly believe is true. 

Reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) who claims to be part of “The New Earth Army”, an experimental US Army unit. According to Cassady, a legion of psychic warriors with unparalleled 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), 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.

Inspired by Jon Ronson’s bestselling book, this is an eye-opening and hilarious comedy led by an all-star cast.

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This film follows reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) who, in an attempt to impress his estranged wife, decides to report on the war in Iraq. A chance encounter with an ex US Special Forces man - Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) leads to a series of action adventure style firefights, capture and rescue cut with flashbacks to Cassady's training in a secret military base.

The film darkens when past and present collide, providing Wilton with his big story.

This excellent, underrated and understated little film actually tackles some serious concerns over the real life funding, ethics and methods of psychological experimentation within the military and its subsequent use in the War on Terror. Based on a book by Jon Ronson which researched and analysed the use and development of these covert activities over a 30 year period and their connections to interview techniques by Homeland Security and military intelligence.

Don't expect all out action but do watch for the great acting, perfect pacing, gentle humour and intelligent questions raised
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Seriously funny and off beat and with more than a couple of sly messages hidden in its depths, this is a great movie if you love the Coen brothers and George Clooney collaborations (though of course its not, it might as well have been). Its kind of like Oh Brother Where Art Thou, but with a touch of The Big Lebowski, taking acid in Iraq. With heavy hints of Shakespear (King Lear springs readily to mind) and political farce and Starwars references aplenty, what more could you want?

George Clooney proves yet again he is a great tragi/ comedic actor when he's given the right material, and puts in an age defying performance for the flash back scenes. With great support from the 'master' Jeff Bridges (how can that guy can become 20 years older/ younger with just a facial expression is beyond me) the glorious jealousy of Kevin Spacey and the narration of the wise fool played by Ewan McGreggor its well worth more than a second viewing.

The only flaw is that some plot lines where not fully exploited to their subversive advantage (who was Mahmood exactly?) My only theory as to why it didn't do better at the box office though is that a lot of people simply just didn't get it. A sleeper classic.
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I went to see this movie at the cinema with two male friends. After taking some serious questioning as to whether I {the lone female} merely wanted to see it because George Clooney was in it, they capitulated. The three of us then spent the next couple of hours doubled up at this inventively funny movie. Ewan MacGregor plays the journalist out to prove himself to perfection, and is matched by George Clooney's secretive, mildly paranoid, overly confident former psi-spy. Kevin Spacey is wonderfully loathesome as the creep he was in training with, and Jeff Bridges may well have been born to play the Hippy commander whose military training program involves dancing, finding one's centre, and learning to run through walls. With varied levels of success.
Neatly switching between Clooney's current mission in 90s Iraq, and his younger days as a trainee in the psychic arts (with a Beatles haircut), the film has a streak of dark humour running through it which is little short of sublime. Perhaps not to everybody's taste, but honestly - what is?
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I loved this film! I am aware there will be hugely mixed reviews for this however, I thought it was great!

As it states at the beginning "more of this is true than you may think" well that is actually true!
There are actually top secret operations that have run and are still running today by the governement.
These are called "Psychic spies" and their students are taught to finely tune there psychic abilities for remote viewing, astral travel and to predict future events, to name but a few.

So, basically the essence of the film is suprisingly more factual than you may think, including Jeff Bridges character.

But Alas, with all good things often comes the desire for power and corruption (usually by the government)and what should have been for the betterment of man was twisted the other way for the governments own selfish interests. Anyway, this is actually where the story gets good! I am hesitant to say too much about the actual story though as it this has yet to be released.

So, all I will say is, go with an open mind and don't get carried away with what might be true or what might not be. whether you believe the government are capable of doing such things is up to you. If nothing else It is still a good funny movie with good characters and actors that gel together to make a really enjoyable film.

Ps/ If you are interested in this sort of "stuff" check out the zeitgeist movies.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 April 2010
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`The Men Who Stare at Goats' is the hilarious film about a psi-ops unit of the American army and a reporter called Bob (played by McGregor) who learns more about them. The leader of the unit hasn't been heard from in a while and Lyn Cassidy (played superbly by Clooney) uses his psychic powers to find him in the deserts of Iraq. This film follows the founding of the unit, as well as the events in Iraq and alternates between these two stories. This film is quirky and fun and I laughed out loud and enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Clooney is a wonderful comedic actor and makes this film extra special, but to be honest the whole cast is great (Spacey, Bridges and McGregor all compliment) and play their roles excellently. This is a relatively short film at just under 90 minutes, but it is perfectly formed and keeps you hooked for the duration. On a more serious note some of these kind of things actually took place, whether it be the interrogation techniques used in Iraq, or the psi-ops experiments in the 60's, 70's and 80's, but this film puts a delightful comedic slant on them and makes for a great, light hearted adventure. Well worth checking out and highly recommended.

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