Inspired By Advertising

So I’ve been noticing the last week or so there have been several adds for the movie The Men Who State At Goats. I honestly can’t say I know too much about the film, except that it stars George Clooney and it has something to do with psychology and the military. That sounds like an intriguing premise, so I wanted to look into the movie a little more and find out what exactly the film is about.

The plot synopsis describes it as: A reporter, 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 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.

Not exactly full of information, but the secret psychic military unit sounds good. The film is directed by Grant Heslov, George Clooney’s partner at Smoke House Productions. He is know more for his acting, but he was a writer/producer on Good Night, And Good Luck. Not a name brand, but definitely not a novice either. The real selling point for the film is the cast, which includes Kevin Spacey, George Clooney, and Jeff Bridges. I’m a fan of all of them, and have been for a long time. Also, the fact that the film was inspired by a true story is a pretty catchy hook.

I’m not entirely sold on the film, at least not enough yet to plunk down $10 dollars to see it in the movie theater. I like the premise, the actors, and I would like to support George Clooney’s production company since he tends to be willing to take chances with his work (Solaris and Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind immediately pop to mind). So far the film has a 75% at Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty good…granted not a lot of reviews are in yet since the film is being released Nov. 6, but that is a pretty good start. Apparently there is a British documentary that the film is based on, and I would love to see that first, but realistically that probably won’t happen. At this point the odds are leaning towards me checking it out, after all it has to be better than most of the movies coming out these days.


Spencer was born and raised in New Mexico. He grew up with the many great films of the 1980’s before having his world rocked after seeing The Usual Suspects. He moved to Washington State to go to the University of Washington, and currently any free time he currently has is split between working on film projects and watching films.

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