The movie lets us know at the very beginning, "More of this is true than you would believe." It's not really my desire to try and figure out what's real and not real or what could have been real in this movie. I was more interested in just sitting down and enjoying a movie, which I did.
Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is a reporter living in Michigan. He wants to go where the action is and that means Iraq. While in Kuwait he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). Wilton remembers the name Cassady from a guy he interviewed back home. It turns out Cassady was once part of the New Earth Army. Sort of a ridiculous name right? Tell that to Colonel Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), it's his concept. Basically it's all about psychic warfare. An army of men able to spy from a distance, be stealth warriors, travel remotely in their minds to find prisoners, pass through walls and some even have the power to kill a goat (although I'm not sure goats are a threat to our national security). Still sound pretty ridiculous? Then throw in some LSD and it's a real party. The New Earth Army was supposed to be the wave of the military future.
Wilton goes with Cassady into wartime Iraq because Cassady is supposed to be on a top secret mission, although we aren't really ever sure what that mission is. Along the way they get kidnapped, escape and meet a wandering goat. Seems pretty standard right?
There are plenty of flashbacks along the way. This gives us the chance to experience how the New Earth Army came along. Bridges plays Colonel Django just like he did The Dude in The Big Lebowski. Is that a bad thing? Not if you are a fan of The Dude. Django turns his recruits into a bunch of little Dudes. Just your run of the mill long haired hippies who happen to have super powers. Well some of them do. Did I mention the recruits, if they pass their training, are called Jedi's? Well they are! No wonder Ewan McGregor got cast. Speaking of cast, it was nice to see Kevin Spacey. He plays Larry Hooper, an up and coming Jedi who isn't quite as good as Cassady but doesn't want to admit it to himself. I've always liked Spacey.
I wouldn't say the movie was hilarious but it was funny. Clooney didn't play his part over the top or crazy which made his character very believable. Maybe the Jedi's existed or exist now in some form or another. Programs are classified for a reason, right? Or maybe it's all just BS. I don't really care. I do know that for 90 minutes I got some laughs.