The Good Shepherd
the film tells an epic, fictionalized account of how the Central Intelligence Agency was born. Matt Damon plays Edward Wilson, a reserved young man who graduated from Yale in the late 1930s. His membership in the exclusive, hidden Skull and Bones society led him away from poetry and into a relationship with the federal government, who recruited him to help them on several covert operations. Roth's script alternates between Wilson's gradual emergence as a genuine government operative in the early 1940s and the infamous Bay of Pigs conflict in the early 1960s. Along the way, he has a sweet romance with a pretty deaf girl (a sparkling Tammy Blanchard) and ends up marrying the woman he impregnates (Angelina Jolie) out of a strong sense of duty. Throughout the film, the emergence of a mysterious tape haunts Wilson, who is determined to uncover the truth behind a leak in his secret organization
The near-really good shepherd.
This is some kinda surprise to me. I never expected to see true (nearly) life characterizations in an alphabet soup movie. To portray an operater in a nearly real way is inconsistant with hollywoods general take on operatives. An analyst has a huge brain and an operative has little or no conscience and an extreme love (right or wrong) of country. Operatives appear to put country before all else- including family, and particularly, right and wrong. Let's face it hollywoods take on spies is usually hysterically correct and while this flick doubtlessly has no basis in reality, the feel of it is eerilly genuine. Standout performances include Matt Damon (over directed toward cold-bloodedness), Angelina Jolie (over-directed toward hot-bloodedness), Joe Pesci who had WAY too little time on screen, John Turturro, who simply can't fail in this type role. All acting was simply impeccable and, this- I'm sure- was do not only to Robert DeNiros' masterful direction but was coulped to his near hatred for the alphabet soup. GREAT FLIK.
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The Good Shepherd
The once-used dvd, The Good Shepherd, played crisp and perfect.
For truth seekers,tellers, and spy-buffs, this movie is a must see and study. An excellent version of dramatizing the rise of a Skull and Bones
initiate of 1939 to his compromised CIA-directed Bay of Pigs event of 1961.
The depiction of a ritual initiation into a secret society is enormous for
reasons of; similar college experiences, timely and a warning because the recent 27 years of the USA have been under the spell of the Skull and Bones
Bush-family, and the juvenille antics of evil that are passed-off as fun to
bond men for life-long committment.
Although, the normal conversations are crisp and clear, its the hushed voices that are difficult to hear, even with the volume cranked-up. Word captions would be helpful, and may be an option I did not activate ?
The big mystery is_ who betrayed the Bay of Pigs plan ?
Was his CIA-son, set-up to take the fall ??
The best movie on the Skull 'n Bones and 2nd-best on the CIA-Bay of Pigs.
Avid aficianados need to see, also, "The Company" with Michael Keaton as Angleton. You will then appreciate both movies as the best yet ! !
The Good Shepherd -- One Viewer's Opinion
First of all, the movie was indeed long but I didn't actually even check the time until about three quarters through the film.
Secondly, the plot was good and strong. The movie told a story and held my interest during the entire time. There were some twists and turns, but not to the point where following the storyline was difficult.
Thirdly, Matt Damon did an excellent job playing his character. This viewer had a strong sense of who and what Edward Wilson was about. There was a scene in the movie where Wilson had to make a decision. His adversary had him cornered and I kept saying, "He's not going to let himself get cornered."
Suffice to say and without giving away any of the movie, I was right. Edward Wilson was not a man who would allow himself to be cornered; not because of his pride but instead for the sake of what he truly believed in.
The Good Shepherd is admittedly long but worth watching!
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Godfather of CIA movies
Great performances, a subtle, gripping script and solid direction by Robert DeNiro make this one a winner. A look at the actual beginnings of the CIA through the eyes of a fictional, composite character, this is a character-driven spy drama the likes of which we haven't seen in many years. Matt Damon has never been better on screen; his chemistry with Angelina Jolie is amazing, and a great supporting cast with John Turturro and Alec Baldwin make it an instant cinema classic, and I don't use that term loosely. When you see this film, you'll know what I mean.