Movie Recommendation: The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Quote from The Men Who Stare at Goats by Lyn Cassady: “Once you understand the linkage between observation and reality then you begin to dance with invisibility.”

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Producers: George Clooney, Barbara A. Hall, Grant Heslov, James Holt, Paul Lister, Alison Owen, Luillo Ruiz, and David M. Thompson

Director: Grant Heslov

Writers: Jon Ronson (inspired by book) and Peter Straughan (screenplay)

Cast: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang, Robert Patrick, Stephen Root, Nick Offerman, etc

Rating: R for language, some drug content, and brief nudity

Running Time: 1 hour and 34 minutes

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a comedic satire about war.  It starts with an interview by Bob Wilton of a man named Gus who took part of a secret Army mission.  The story is published in a local newspaper, but Bob forgets about it until he finds himself in the Middle East.  It is here he coincidentally meets one of the other soldiers, Lyn Cassady, who took part of this mission as mentioned by Gus earlier.  Lyn comes to trust Bob and tells about his involvement in the New Earth Army along with its origins and objectives. He eventually invites Bob to accompany him to Iraq, but along the way Bob questions Lyn’s mental stability and how truthful he is being regarding his psychic abilities.  After a few mishaps along the way, they find themselves in the hands of a private research firm.  It is here Lyn reunites with some of his past army buddies and Bob continues to find himself.  This movie is downright ridiculous in certain scenes and whether you believe in psychic powers or not, I’d say the acting performances and story overall is worth your time if you can stop from being serious for a few hours in your day.

The Men Who Stare at Goats gets a rating of 91%.

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