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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Mediocre Shepherd

The Good Shepherd had all the makings of a truly great movie, a star studded cast, an intriguing plot, American heritage. This movie should have been a blockbuster. Sadly, it was executed at a snail’s pace. What should have been a high tension “who dunnit”, revealed itself to be one of the year’s biggest disappointments. The premise held my interest enough that I watched the entire movie, but I had to pace back and forth in the living room as I viewed it to keep from falling asleep.


The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man’s life in The Good Shepherd, an espionage drama starring Academy Award® winners Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro and directed by Robert De Niro. Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) understands the value of secrecy—discretion and commitment to honor have been embedded in him since childhood. As an eager, optimistic student at Yale, he is recruited to join the secret society Skull and Bones, a brotherhood and breeding ground for future world leaders. Wilson’s acute mind, spotless reputation and sincere belief in American values render him a prime candidate for a career in intelligence, and he is soon recruited to work for the OSS (the precursor to the CIA) during WWII. As one of the covert founders of the CIA, working in the heart of an organization where duplicity is required and nothing is taken at face value, Edward’s’ idealism is steadily eroded by a growing suspicious nature, reflective of a world settling into the long paranoia of the Cold War. As his methods are adopted as standard operating procedure, Wilson develops into one of the Agency’s veteran operatives, all the while combating his KGB counterpart. However, his steely dedication to his country comes at an ever-increasing price. Not even his wife Clover (Angelina Jolie) or his beloved son can divert Wilson from a path that will force him to sacrifice everything in pursuit of this job.

Watch this movie at your own peril.

Rating: 2 Stars



At 8:39 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

That is sad. I always get excited about Deniro films. too bad.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

I thought this the first time I watched it. But I had kids screaming and playing in the background and chose to watch it again. I actually got more out of it the second time and found things I had misse4d the first time around. The second time is better.

I still abhor Angelina Jolie and think she's a dirty rotten slutty bitch. She just looks like one, and I can't stand her acting. That's my two cents on that.


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