This certainly was a different kind of film. In the beginning, it reminded me of “Big Fish” or “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” because it captured that same sentiment of whimsy and fantasy but with just enough facts to make it seem real. However, something seemed to just be missing in this one to bring it all back together to at least make sense.
Of course, I was reminded of those other films since two of the major stars of “Men Who Stare at Goats” were also featured in them, but I think you will agree when you watch it that they all share certain similarities that make those actors really shine when playing such types of roles.
The film also includes recent Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.
It is set in modern times, during the war in Iraq, and features a journalist’s (McGregor) quest to discover the hidden truth about a supposed army unit that uses paranormal tactics to fight. This army is known as The New Earth Army and is led by spiritualist/guru Bill Django (Jeff Bridges). The title of the film comes from the notion that this army discovers capabilities of being able to stop a goat’s heart by starting into its eyes.
This discovery leads to a bit of a mutiny and Kevin Spacey’s character (Larry Hooper) attempts to take advantage of the special abilities of the soldiers for his own purposes. McGregor’s character (Bob Wilton) becomes the hero of the film, helping to reconnect Clooney (Lyn Cassady) with the lost Bill Django and stop Hooper’s evil intentions.
“The Men Who Stare at Goats” was certainly a fun and entertaining film, but there seemed to be certain holes in its plot that “Big Fish” and “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” certainly did not lack. It was okay, but I did not love it.