As goofy as the glint in George Clooney's eye, The Men Who Stare at Goats offers a terrific adaptation of the nonfiction book of the same name, one that chronicles U.S. "alternative warfare" programs. That is, military operations that explore psychic and paranormal techniques to sway the enemy. The title refers to a training regimen in which recruits practice toppling livestock - just by standing there, staring at the critters mightily. The opening credits card says it all: "More of this is true than you would believe."
Clooney is Lyn Cassady, a clandestine "warrior monk" who comes out of retirement post-9/11 and keeps his skill sets honed by "cloud bursting" (staring at cumulus until it breaks up) and other simple telekinetic exercises. It's Operation Iraqi Freedom time, and Cassady, a self-described Jedi knight and "remote viewer" who may just be completely nuts, is in the Middle East to do his part - and to seek out the legendary Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), a Vietnam veteran who several decades earlier preached flower-power philosophy to a special secret Army unit, and who may or may not be in the combat zone. (He's certainly in some kind of zone.)