8:00 PM, 10th July, 2010
Reporter Bob Wilton’s (McGregor) wife has just left him. So he takes on a job to report on a top secret military group called the First Earth Battalion during the Iraq war. The First Earth Battalion was set up after the Vietnam War and we gradually discover the story behind this unique battalion as the film works with a shifting timeline. The film truly begins when Bob meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), purportedly one of the greatest psychic spies of our time.
This is a black comedy that walks a fine line as most war-oriented comedies do. It’s based on a book of the same name and some of it is apparently founded in fact.
Clooney is a stand out, delivering a fantastic comedic performance. Spacey and Bridges are also great as slightly off-centre soldiers in this new age army.
All in all, a wacky satire but well worth the look. And if you’re wondering, yes, there is goat staring. But you’ll have to come along to find out why.
9:49 PM, 10th July, 2010
Milo Boyd (Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Aniston). He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realises that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continually one-up each other – until they find themselves on the run for their lives. They thought their promise to love, honour and obey was tough – staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher.
Aniston and Butler make for a great rom-com pairing as they are both likable in different ways. Gerard Butler is, well, hot (would have been more so if he had his Scottish accent) and Jennifer Aniston is someone that you can watch without hating her for being pretty/skinny/whatever, because we all feel sorry for her after reading in the magazines about her love life woes.
This movie throws in some action as well but not enough to match up with Butler’s other action-man/man-in-control roles – check out Law Abiding Citizen earlier in the semester for your fix of that. Regardless, there’s certainly enough for the men to find this an entertaining movie as well.