Friday, July 30, 2010
Directed by Grant Heslov
Starring Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang, Robert Patrick, Glenn Morshower, Stephen Root
Well this was certainly a bag of something complitely different. This film is shockingly based on some actual events of US military experiments on psychic powers. Yeah that's right, psychic powers.
McGregor plays Bob Wilton, a journalist who almost accidentally stumbles on a story about a military unit that was subject to training for psychic powers that among other things would enable them to stop the enemy's heart just by staring intensely at them. The unit trained using goats, hence the title of the film. Wilton bumps into Lyn Cassady (Clooney) who takes him along his latest mission involving his paranormal abilities.
Seriously, this film is really based on actual events and theories conjured by Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon, a Vietnam vet who had the idea of a new military organized along New Age lines. The whole idea sounds so fucking ridiculous that for once you really hope the filmmakers would've been making all this shit up. It's quite scary to think that these military personnel were actually conceiving this shit as an actual weapon. Then again the Nazis had their superstitions and beliefs as well so what the hell, why not get in on the crazy wagon.It does bode well for the film though, as the filmmakers have created a film that is rightfully offbeat and funny.
By the way, director Heslov is probably best known as an actor and especially as Faisil, the third member on Schwarzenegger's team in Jim Cameron's True Lies (1994). Just a fun fact.
Vuohia Tuijottavat Miehet on onnistuneen yliampuvalla otteella ohjattu koominen katselmus Yhdysvaltain armeijan aitoon projektiin 80-luvulta, jossa sotilaita opetettiin toimimaan psykologisilla aseilla, joihin kuului mm. vihollisen sydämen pysäyttäminen pelkällä intensiivisellä katseella. Siis ihan aikuisten oikeasti.
The Men Who Stare At Goats at IMDb