Thursday, November 12, 2009

Movie: The Men Who Stare At Goats

An interesting movie. Part of it is fact and part of it is fiction. The movie is based on a book by the same name written by a journalist who happened to run into some people who had actually belonged to a cutting edge army psi brigade that actually believed that they had psychic powers. I’ve only heard about the book by reputation, but I can say that the movie does an excellent job of blending the possibility that there might be something there while at the same time making you wonder if they, and all research like it, are filled with fundamental loony tubes. On the whole liked the movie. The plot is a little slow and ponderous at times, but it makes some very meaningful points. I think the moment where they are in the car with the military contractors (ala Black Water) when they cavalierly cut in line at the gas station or open fire on what they think are hostile Iraqis (who turn out to be another US contractor) shows a very good idea in three minutes what it was like for the Iraqi’s to have to live under this crap for eight years. The last twenty minutes are by far the best part of the movie though and the rest of the plot helps put it all into context. I liked it a great deal.

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