Quick Movie Review: The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)

I really wanted to love The Men Who Stare At Goats. It’s got George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey who I love and tons of Star Wars references including star Ewan McGregor having actually played a Jedi. Unfortunately this story about supposedly true military factions devoted to creating soldiers who are intuned with nature and can use their minds to fog enemy minds and possibly run through walls. I like the premise and the performances, but I think the film falters in the way it tries to tell the story. See, McGregor plays a reporter who starts following Clooney around while we get flshbacks to Clooney’s days with this faction a few years back. That’s where Bridges and Spacey come into play. While traveling through Iraq, Clooney and McGregor get into some trouble and somehow end up with Spacey who has taken over for Bridges when it comes to running the super soldier program. I’ll be honest, the movie never grabbed me and I started walking around and working on other things while it was on. With the story bouncing back and forth I found myself transported back to watching the second season of Lost when I just wanted to focus on what the hell was going on on the island and didn’t care about their pasts (I was watching the first two seasons at the same time, so I wasn’t used to the story structure yet). In this case, I found it difficult to care about Clooney’s character in the present because I was kind of resenting him for taking time away from the flashback stories which mostly got told in voiceover. I think that was what really caused the separation for me. I wanted the story to flow better and zoom in on the more focused on the interesting stuff. Aw well, it wasn’t a total loss, but I also wasn’t riveted.

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