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The Good Shepherd (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro star in this powerful thriller about the birth of the CIA. Edward Wilson (Damon) believes in America, and will sacrifice everything he loves to protect it. But as one of the covert founders of the CIA, Edward's youthful idealism is slowly eroded by his growing suspicion of the people around him. Everybody has secrets…but will Edward's destroy him? With an all-star cast including Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup, William Hurt, Timothy Hutton and John Turturro, it's the gripping story David Ansen of Newsweek hails as "spellbinding."
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Unfortunately, there is a major (but not fatal) flaw at the very heart of the film. Obviously, a man in Edward Wilson's position must be a cold and calculating man, but his characterization ventures far beyond stoic into the realms of the robotic. Even the personal glimpses intended to get us past the emotional wall that defines him lack insight and feeling. We see through his eyes, but we never really get a sense of his inward self. I also had a problem seeing Wilson as the experienced, upper level CIA man he became because no effort seemed to go in to making Matt Damon appear any older as his character aged; he looks the same in the 1960s as he did in 1939. Come on, put a few grey hairs in there or something; it takes more than a fedora to make me believe he's a quarter of a century older.Read more ›
How can anyone know anything about a company (CIA) that (supposedly) deals with lies... again, no one will ever know.
Important issues are presented here: imperialism, espionage, loyalty, betrayal...
This film was certainly worth watching, for Matt Damon's performance (as Edward Wilson) especially. He and *he alone* carries the film on his shoulders.
A surprise: De Niro shows a better talent as a director than an actor.
Angelina Jolie, as Wilson's wife, overacts way too much and her character is not credible because not well developed. Tammy Blanchard (who plays Laura) definitely has more talent than Jolie.
The melodramatic dialogue didn't help the movie, however well directed it may have been.
Recommendation to watch _The Good Shepherd_: Pay attention to the dates, as it is rather easy to get lost in the second act, where Russian spies and the Bay of Pigs invasion are mentioned.
Better editing and script-writing would have made the film shorter (close to 3 hours!), as many of those details were not needed to understand what was going on.
Certainly worth watching, but be prepared to endure three hours of film.
He is cold and calculating and a perfectionist but not a cruel man.His hobby is building ships in a bottle .His methodical and observant personality saves him from being compromised by the Russians who value him greatly.
De niro has succeded in making a low key movie very interesting but he fails at organizing the scenes in a logical order .The film jumps forward and backwards in time I had to watch the movie twice before I fully understood what was happening.
Despite its flaws and its confusing moments it is a long but never dull film.
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You would think that a movie with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie, directed by Robert de Niro would be a 5 star effort. Unfortunately this is over 2 hours of bloody boredom. Read morePublished on June 17 2013 by Jerlaw
Probably a good movie ( it was recommended to me and the movie has great actors). But I tried to watch it twice but could not continue. Find it kind of heavy and slow. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2013 by FrenchTulipe
At 2 hours and 47 minutes this thing plods along and the worse thing about the DVD package is the extras are only "deleted scenes" meaning they actually edited this movie? Read morePublished on April 28 2009 by Brian Maitland
As curious as I was about this movie it had me dazed. The 'Good Shepherd' always struck me symbol for Christianity. Read morePublished on June 23 2007 by Jenny
This movie is smart, interesting, and at times thrilling. All actor give good performances and Robert DeNiro is and ecxelent director. Read morePublished on April 30 2007 by G_R_E_G
This movie has a great cast but nothing to go with it. It drags on and on with practically nothing to keep your interest. Read morePublished on April 17 2007 by D. Landry
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