We don’t go to movies much. I haven’t seen a movie in a theater since Batman Begins, and before that it was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (we had free passes) and the three films in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The next one we see may just be Men Who Stare at Goats.
The script is based on a book by journalist Jon Ronson about the First Earth Battalion, a unit proposed by U.S. Army Col. Jim Channon to employ spiritual weapons in combat. The cast is impressive: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Robert Patrick (The X-Files, Terminator 2), and Stephen Lang (Crime Story, Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, and most memorably, Ike Clanton in Tombstone), among others.
Despite the silly-sounding title, it’s not a comedy. And the subject matter is serious. While I suspect the makers of the film see this as an opportunity to bash conservatives, the spiritual aspect is the real story. (The title is derived from a U.S. Army project dedicated to creating soldiers who could explode the hearts of their enemies by thinking at them. They experimented on–you guessed it–goats.)
I’m glad the story will be told, but my guess is that many conservatives won’t give it credence because of Clooney’s political leanings. But Christians need to give serious thought to the kind of country that devotes men, money, and research toward creating an elite force of occultic warrior priests.