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Genre: Drama/Comedy
George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang, Robert Patrick, Waleed Zuaiter, Stephen Root, Glenn Morshower, Goat
Grant Heslov
Rating: NC-16 (Some Coarse Language And Nudity)
Year Made: 2009




- Deleted Scenes
- Interview
- Trailer
- TV Spots




Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/DTS Surround
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Simply Fun




Reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (Academy Award® winner George Clooney), a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of “Warrior Monks” with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy’s thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program’s founder, Bill Django (Oscar® nominee Jeff Bridges), has gone missing and Cassady’s mission is to find him.

Intrigued by his new acquaintance’s far-fetched stories, Bob impulsively decides to tag along. When the pair tracks Django to a clandestine training camp run by renegade psychic Larry Hooper (two-time Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey), the reporter is trapped in the middle of a grudge match between the forces of Django’s New Earth Army and
Hooper’s personal militia of super soldiers. In order to survive this wild adventure, Bob will have to outwit an enemy he never thought possible.


It is a cast directors would die for: George “Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, And Thirteen” Clooney , Ewan “Obi Wan Kenobi” McGregor, Jeff “Crazy Heart” Bridges and Kevin “Lex Luthor” Spacey. Between them, there are a few Oscar statuettes and other supporting actors like Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Robert Patrick (the guy who took over David Duchovny in The X Files). There is also the titular goat, which earns itself a rightful place on the DVD cover. So why were we left somewhat cold and unfulfilled when the end credits started rolling? Maybe it’s the baffling storyline, maybe it’s the mish mash of actors in the 94 minute movie, or maybe it’s just the goat – a concept which proved to be too inexplicable and bizarre for us to take on a breezy weekend afternoon.

The protagonist of the movie is played by McGregor, a reporter who tries to get involved in the war after his marriage fails. What he thought was a simple fight for his country turns into a strange encounter when he meets a Special Forces agent (a goony Clooney) who tells him that there is a groundbreaking military secret waiting to be uncovered. It involves a secret psychic unit which can end the war. The journey takes these two men on an unmemorable expedition which has to be experienced to be believed.

Director Grant Heslov (an actor in Good Night, and Good Luck and Leatherheads – explains the Clooney connection) tries his best to tell a quirky story about men in war who are shrouded by countless conspiracy theories. The result isn’t your classy Coen Brothers movie, instead we get a sometimes awkward and self conscious movie which does not really reach the height of eccentrics, as much as it attempts to make actors spout ridiculously silly lines like “Dear Mother Earth... I will drink your blue waters... and eat your green skin.” and “What's with the quotation fingers? It's like saying I'm only capable of ironic attacking or something.” The screenplay seems to smart for its own good, making the top rate actors to look, dare we say it, stupid.

However, the entertainment may just work for some people. The nice connection of McGregor’s character reciting lines which involve the Jedi is a nice in joke to the famous Jedi master he played in George Lucas’ bombastic movies some years ago. Besides that, the sometimes hilarious antics of the main characters in the movie may just amuse the uncritical viewer. Of course, there is the goat to look out for. As for what role the animal plays, we will not reveal too much here, and just say that the bearded animal may just be the crucial element to stop all wars, according to Jon Ronson’s cynical book, that is.


This Code 3 contains six short Interview clips with Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Grant Heslov, Peter Straughan and Jon Ronson about the production of the movie. Hear how McGregor talk about how he signed on to work with Clooney, Spacey talk about the mean spirited character he plays and Heslov talk about him falling in love with the script. There are also three Deleted Scenes, a Trailer, and Paranormal Goativity, a funny 30 second clip promoting the movie.


The movie’s visual transfer is fine, and is presented in its original English language on 5.1 Surround.



Review by John Li

Posted on 2 August 2010


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