Rent The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

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1h 29min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Peter Straughan, Jon Ronson
Studio:
Momentum
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/04/2010
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Goats declassified: The real men of the first earth battalion
  • Project "Hollywood": A classified report from the set
  • Director's commentary
  • Commentary with author Jon Ronson
  • Deleted scenes
  • Character profiles
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/04/2010
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Goats declassified: The real men of the first earth battalion
  • Project "Hollywood": A classified report from the set
  • Director's commentary
  • Commentary with author Jon Ronson
  • Deleted scenes
  • Character profiles

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Reviews (4) of The Men Who Stare at Goats

I'd rather eat my own leg than watch this again - The Men Who Stare at Goats review by RP

Spoiler Alert
02/02/2012

With so many big-name stars (George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Ewan MacGregor...) surely this must be a good film? Err, no. It's dreadful.

I do have a quirky sense of humour. I love off-the-wall ideas. But I sat through 90+ minutes of this and on only a couple of occasions did a smile crack my face. Jeff Bridges reprises his role from 'The Big Lebowski' - but dude, this film is dire.

The problem is that the film could have been so much better. It deserves to be better - but it falls short. It currently has a score of only 6.3 on IMDB, which should really have told me something. While I have watched worse films, recently I've learned to avoid them - but unfortunately not this time.

It appears to be an attempt at comic satire in the vein of 'Catch 22' (WW II), 'M*A*S*H' (Korea), 'Doctor Strangelove' (cold war) or 'Apocalypse Now' (Vietnam). But regrettably it is a misguided attempt and hits few, if any, of the rather too obvious targets.

It's dire. It's a turkey. It's a stinker. I'd rather eat my own leg than watch this again. And no, I can't recommend it.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Likeable Story - The Men Who Stare at Goats review by DB

Spoiler Alert
17/08/2010

This is a likeable story. It is kind of off the wall and it has some funny moments and it is well acted. If you like offbeat humour with a tinge of truth in it then this film is for you. I enjoyed it and it's worth renting.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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