Monday, November 16, 2009

The Facts behind "The Men Who Stare at Goats"

Can people really influence the physical world with thought alone? And if so, dare we use that power for evil, instead of good? Or will the effort come back to haunt us?

That is the quandary posed by the film "The Men Who Stare at Goats," and, even more so, by the book of the same name that inspired the film.

First, run -- do not walk, do not pass Go -- to the theater to see "The Men Who Stare at Goats." Films that are both hilarious and intelligent, provocative yet madcap, are hard to come by.

And because this film teaches us, in a wildly entertaining manner, about recent military and intelligence history, I have a feeling certain people will work hard to rush this movie right back out of the theaters. So see it before showings of it, like some of the characters in the film, disappear.

The film presents a largely fictitious story based on all-too-real projects and programs conducted by various agencies of the government. Very little of it is literally true, yet many of the stranger events in the film happened in a manner similar to the one portrayed.

See my breakdown of the facts behind the film at


Anonymous DHSmd said...

Thank you for writing this, Lisa. I had been on the fence about going to see this movie until now. I was initially enthusiastic about going, but then saw tepid viewer response and heard about negative reviews through the grapevine. (A sort of whisper campaign, perhaps.) But now I'm definitely going to see it. So thank you!

5:16 PM  
Blogger starviego said...

A scene in the movie depicts a mind-controlled soldier shooting at his fellow soldiers with a pistol in a random rage fashion. The movie opened a day after the Ft. Hood massacre. Coincidence or synchronicity?

11:16 AM  
Blogger Real History Lisa said...

That didn't escape my notice, Starviego. Proving a link between the shooter and mind control programs, however, is nearly impossible in such matters. Which doesn't mean there isn't one. But it also doesn't mean there is. But yeah - very odd to see that in the film and then see it in real life.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Men who stare at Goats Online For Free said...

This movie is funny!! Although i still think it would have been funnier they use "sheep" jaja

3:25 AM  

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