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.