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The Men Who Stare At Goats Blu-Ray

“The Men Who Stare At Goats” is a comedy that is based on an actual military squad from the U.S. Army in the 80’s.  The film is very funny in subtle ways, and is a great satire on military programs and their funding.  George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey lead the cast but Clooney and McGregor are the main characters.  McGregor plays a journalist who hears a story about a unique psychic soldier squad anf soon stumbles across Clooney in Iraq.  Through a series of flashbacks, Clooney tells of the squad and its founder (Jeff Bridges), who got funding to develop a non-lethal unit that would use their minds to control the enemy.  Part of this training involved drug use, meditation and a general hippie philosophy preached by Bridges.  His character is very reminiscent of the “Dude”. As Clooney is telling the story, the two also have an adventure of their own in Iraq, being kidnapped by terrorists and hiding out while street battles erupt around them.

Clooney and McGregor take up the majority of scenes and they are hilarious.  I love it when McGregor asks Clooney “What’s a Jedi warrior?” with a straight face. Clooney is really intense and does some great acting; McGregor can’t figure out if he is brilliant or insane.

The Blu-Ray disc contains a couple short featurettes on the real men from the squad, along with scenes from the film.  A digital copy of the film is included but only for PC.  Come on Anchor Bay, no Mac support?  How 90’s of you.

A good, funny film that stands up to multiple viewings; great acting and many funny scenes.  But Mac users beware-no digital copy for you.  A recommended buy.

March 14, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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