Sunday, December 19, 2010

The men who stare at goats

 Starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey

Directed by Grant Heslov

Release Date: November 6th, 2009

Reporter Bob Wilton went to Iraq to prove himself as a journalist, and to escape his recent divorce. Soon, he crosses path with Lyn Cassady, a former Army soldier recruited into a secret battalion known as First Earth, whose goals were to win wars with psychic powers and non-lethal means.

Structurally, the movie is a bit of a mess. The story is told chronologically with inter-cut flashbacks set to tell the origins of First Earth and "Project:Jedi" while Lyn and Bob have their adventures in the desert. Unfortunately, the flashbacks are where most of the interesting aspects of the story take place and they are meant to be exposition to the main plot  of the story; which means that the present day exploits of Bob and Lyn are mostly dull and make you hopeful that there will be another visit to Fort Bragg circa 1982. Also, I need to just let this be said: Ewan McGregor saying the word "Jedi" over and over in this movie gets real old, real fast.

Overall, the film is pretty good, but is definitely a tonal shift from what audiences expected from the advertised trailers.

Rating: * * * 1/2 of 5

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