movie: the men who stare at goats

November 7, 2009

A couple of months ago I saw a trailer for this movie, liked the trailer so got hold of the book, read the book and didn’t like it (review here) and now it was time at last to watch the movie.

movieposterI liked the movie.  I found it extremely funny, very quirky and entertaining. The movie tells the story of the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion which was an experimental unit to bring New Age theories into the army.  Soldiers practiced meditation, primal screams, remote viewing, etc. and ultimately tried to stop the heart of a goat by staring at it.

The movie gains over the book by having a coherent narrative to tie the various stories together, however it does let the book down (IMHO) by not showing how these experiments with the paranormal has led to more ‘legitimate’ military programs such as the psychological techniques being used for interrogation in the ‘War on Terror’.

Although this was an entertaining film in its own right, some of the biggest giggles came because the psychic spies also called themselves Jedi and this story is being told to Ewan McGregor with lines like “could I become a Jedi” “what does it mean to be a Jedi” etc.

Nice little film, but will be as good on the small screen as on the big one so wait till it comes along.