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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Director:
Grant Heslov
COUNTRY
USA/UK
GENRE
Drama/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Menn som stirrer på geiter
RUNNING TIME
94 minutes
Producer:
George Clooney
Grant Heslov
Paul Lister
Screenwriter (based on a book by Jon Ronson):
Peter Straughan


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Lyn Cassady George Clooney
Bob Wilton Ewan McGregor ½
Bill Django Jeff Bridges ½
Larry Hooper Kevin Spacey ½
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood Stephen Lang ½
Todd Nixon Robert Patrick
Mahmud Daash Waleed Zuaiter
Gus Lacey Stephen Root

 

Review

Grant Heslov directs this adaptation of Jon Ronson's book about the US Army's experimental, new-age extrasensory group which allegedly was borne out of a combination of the Vietnam fiasco and the hippie culture. The amusing anecdotes and tone set in the film makes it interesting at the outset, but there is never enough flesh here to support a full-length feature of any relevance. George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Bridges talk their way through a film which with a lot of benevolence can be enjoyed as a story about male bonding, but in the end, The Men Who Stare at Goats will go down in history as a film with little more than a digressional value.

 

Copyright © 9.3.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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