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A complicated movie about the Central Intelligence Agency and its agents,The Good Shepherdisn't your typical spy movie. Though it stars Matt Damon (The Bourne Identityfilms) and Angelina Jolie (Mr.&Mrs. Smith,Lara Croftfranchise)--actors with considerable experience in the action-espionage genre--The Good Shepherdrequires that they play more subdued and (much less interesting) characters here. The movie focuses on the career or Edward Wilson (Damon), a privileged Yale graduate who goes on to help found the CIA. He is a quiet, serious, and guarded man, even in the most intimate moments with his civilian wife (Jolie, in a role that wastes her talent). Set against a backdrop of real-life events such as the Bay of Pigs,The Good Shepherdis meticulous in creating a realistic timeframe. The film gets a jolt of excitement when Robert DeNiro (in his first directing role since 1993'sA Bronx Tale) peppers the screen with appearances by Joe Pesci, Alec Baldwin, and William Hurt. But those moments are too infrequent. At 157 minutes long, the film is crammed with many factual details, but the characters are shortchanged when it comes to development. Viewers have to wonder why anyone, much less someone like Wilson who has everything going for him, would devote his life to a thankless job that brings so little happiness to himself and his family.The Good Shepherdis an ambitious but flawed film. The actors do a formidable job with a well-intentioned but meandering script. However, we meet so many characters and learn so little about each that it's difficult to drum up much empathy for any of them.--Jae-Ha Kim
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Booorrrrring. Rent, do not buy, this movie. Glad I rented it and removed it from my wish list before purchasing. Matt Damon sleepwalks through his role, with very little dialog. Ms. Jolie is terribly mis-cast as the pregnant girlfriend/wife, but does her best with her role. Lots of flashbacks, which are not always clearly communicated to the viewer. I won't bother going over the story (which was told much better in "The Company" by Robert Littel (warning - get this in paperback -- it's a long but engaging story).
And I thought the DaVinci Code was the most boring movie ever made . . .Dark, Cerebral, Intelligent, Complex, Compelling, Anti-Cookie-Cutter I was really impressed by the quality of the movie's screenplay by Eric Roth. Also, it's easily the best directing of Robert DeNiro's career. I think the movie is extremely well made, but has minor problems in the end with Matt Damon playing much older, as he still looks young; the other tough part is that Damon does well in the first half and can play an cerebral character, but his inner monologue of absolute rage wasn't as prevalent as it could have been. And probably to get the movie made, the film hires Angeline Jolie as the woman who was sexually neglected and discarded by society and her husband(not entirely convincingly, I might add), as Damon's dutiful wife. The backbone of this movie is intelligent, layered and ultimately very timely today as The Bush Family has long ties to the Skull and Bones Society, as do many of our leaders.Billed as thriller, but really wasn't The story occurs in a series of flash-forwards and flash-backs moving play by play like a chess game over many years. If you miss a caption, you're struggling to figure out just where and when you are. The film's an interesting bit of history, but hardly worth the thriller designation. For the most part, it just ground on.