Friday, August 28, 2009

TRAILER: The Men Who Stare At Goats...

So, I've been on a script reading binge over the past few days. It all started with the leak/release of the script for Darren Aronofsky's next film, Black Swan. Then I was able to obtain Kevin Smith's A Couple Of Dicks, the script for Ryan Reynolds indie one man show, Buried, and a Seth Rogen comedy, I'm With Cancer. However, one that I have sitting on my hard drive I'm more than interested in checking out is The Men Who Stare At Goats.

The film is directed by Grant Heslov, who previously wrote Good Night and Good Luck, and stars George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey and centers on a journalist's (McGregor) partnership with an ex-solider(Clooney) as they look to uncover the government's development of "Warrior Monks," a legion of psychic powered soldiers.

The trailer can be seen below, and I must say, I really kind of like it. It's funny as hell, and seeing Kevin Spacey, Clooney, and Jeff Bridges hamming it up is something I always love. The script seems to be top notch, and it looks to be quite the dark comedy. However, that voice over is beyond annoying, and quite pointless. If that is during the film, which is one of the reasons I want to get through that script, my anticipation will definitely take a hit. What do YOU think?

In this quirky dark comedy inspired by a real life story you will hardly believe is actually true, astonishing revelations about a top-secret wing of the U.S. military come to light when a reporter encounters an enigmatic Special Forces operator on a mind-boggling mission. Reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of “Warrior Monks” with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy’s thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program’s founder, Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), has gone missing and Cassady’s mission is to find him.

Intrigued by his new acquaintance’s far-fetched stories, Bob impulsively decides to accompany him on the search. When the pair tracks Django to a clandestine training camp run by renegade psychic Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey), the reporter is trapped in the middle of a grudge match between the forces of Django’s New Earth Army and Hooper’s personal militia of super soldiers. In order to survive this wild adventure, Bob will have to outwit an enemy he never thought possible. The Men Who Stare at Goats was inspired by Jon Ronson’s non-fiction bestseller of the same name, an eye-opening and often hilarious exploration of the government’s attempts to harness paranormal abilities to combat its enemies.

Go see something good!

1 comment:

  1. Odd theme, but warm. Takes back to an era of the hippie culture , an insight into those times in America 


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