George Clooney once again indulges his inner three stooges, starring in an espionage farce directed by his Good Night, and Good Luck screenwriter Grant Heslov. Like Clooney’s Leatherheads, this is a better idea than finished film. As an insecure reporter (Ewan McGregor) follows a supposedly psychic American spook (Clooney) into the insanity of the Iraq War, the slapstick is broad and the jokes are scattershot – even if the satirical digs at the self-delusion that directs much of American foreign policy are well aimed. It’s certainly a curiosity, though, and fun enough in parts, with amusing supporting roles for Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey as pioneers of the U.S. government’s secret psychic soldier program.
Could only be more promising if it was written by Barton Fink