Some days Hollywood actually provides something that actually puts a smile on my face. Such is the case today with the release of the trailer for The Men Who Stare At Goats, actor/writer/producer/director Grant Heslov's big-screen adaptation of author Jon Ronson's 2004 non-fiction book of the same name.
The film stars George Clooney and Ewan McGregor, with co-stars like Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges helping to inspire the military hijinks. The trailer really is a MUST-WATCH, so after we catch you up on what the film is about with a quick synopsis, we'll get right to it.
Here the official rundown on The Men Who Stare At Goats:
A reporter (McGregor), trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent (Clooney) who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends.
Ok, so from that you COULD derive that this film was Push 2 or something, but after about 5 seconds of the trailer, I'm sure you'll shed that misconception:
For an HD version, head on over to Apple Movie Trailers.
Jeff Bridges plays Bill Django, founder of the psychic soldier program and Lyn's mentor. Kevin Spacey's character, Larry Hooper, is a former psychic soldier who is running a prison camp in Iraq.
The big thing people seem to have with this film is its title - it confuses them as to what the plot of the movie is (or so it's been said). Well, I think the title is hilarious and a perfect send up of military "research." Come on, even all you pro-military Screen Rant readers out there have to admit its pretty funny to try to develop psychic weapons by having soldiers stare at goats! In that context, the title really speaks to the absurdity of warfare and certain militaristic mindsets (I AM NOT BAD MOUTHING THE MILITARY). So scary to think this all happened (is happening?) in real life...
It's also great to see George Clooney yet again flexing his comedic muscles. Like Hugh Jackman, it's just hard to hate the guy...
The Men Who Stare At Goats will be in theaters on November 6, 2009. What did you think of the trailer?
Source: You Tube & Apple Movie Trailers