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Fun movie.  Believable, in the sense that if you spend much time in the martial arts it's not hard to meet (or become) guys like the ones portrayed in the movie. Not believable, in the sense that I just can't buy Ewan MacGregor as a nebbish twit---he always looks like he's on the verge of shagging your sister.  Sweet, in a Hollywood kind of way.

Flawed, in a Hollywood kind of way. )

Here's what's not so fun. The Iraqi army has been using fake equipment to search for explosives at security checkpoints. They're basically dowsing for bombs, and it doesn't work. Is it just me, or is dowsing for bombs an awful lot like remote-viewing for terrorists?

Anyway, here's a nice interview with Jon Ronson, who wrote The Men Who Stare At Goats. It sounds like the book is more serious than the movie, and it might be worth a read.

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