The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) – By Brian Morton

The occult and the military, it’s been a source of endless speculation by conspiracy theorists and other wackos as long as there has been a military. But, when proof is offered, that the military is, in fact, attempting to harness occult powers for militaristic ends, then you’ve got yourself a good story. Well, that’s the story a new movie from Anchor Bay, The Men Who Stare At Goats, tells.

This ‘based on a true story’ movie, tells the story of Bob Wilton, a reporter who travels to Iraq during the war to prove something to himself and his ex-wife. What he discovers is Lyn Cassady, a warrior in the New Earth Army, an American military force that calls themselves Jedi, because they harness the power of the mind to fight for peace. As Bob and Lyn make their way behind enemy lines in Iraq, the history of the New Earth Army unfolds, from it’s strange beginnings in Vietnam thru the training of new Jedi at Fort Bragg, right through to the present where Lyn is on a mission that was psychically transmitted to him, taking Bob along because the ‘universe required it’. It’s an amazing story and the parts that are true can’t be less believable than the parts that are fictionalized here.

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a movie of ‘Coen’ brothers’ weirdness. Director Grant Heslov has created a story that is entirely believable, and yet so totally strange that it couldn’t possibly be true! And, you’ll find yourself wondering how far the truth was stretched here, all the while being totally entertained. And, how could you go wrong with a cast that includes Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges? I’m giving The Men Who Stare at Goats 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s a great film that will have you wondering about what really goes on behind closed doors in the military and how much of this strange story is actually true. And, the ending will have you hoping that some of it IS true! You can grab a copy for yourself by heading over to the Anchor Bay Entertainment web page.