Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats - DVD Review


Starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Robert Patrick and Stephen Lang.
Directed by Grant Heslov.

Few British thespians mangle their American accents like Ewan McGregor. Ever-so-loosely based on a true story, this movie has him play a journalist who goes to Iraq to study the secret "paranormal" unit of the military, where they try using ESP and spoon-bending as weapons. The movie has the laid-back vibe of a Coen-brothers-wannabe, and maybe that's because Clooney is the lead. The four leads certainly have fun (Bridges as a hippie soldier, and Spacey as the petulant backstabber of the bunch), but the tone meanders and it has the lasting impression of steam from a tea kettle. Plus it's weird to go a whole movie where the soldiers call each other Jedi, not noticing once that the reporter is young Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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