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?
I knew nothing about this de Niro directed movie and by the end I was asking myself who directed it, when did it come out, amazing acting and performances from Matt Damon, De Niro of course, the birth of the CIA - just one line made me shiver, 'why is CIA without a 'the'' and the reply, because you don;t have 'the' before God', which says it all, they roam the world doing what they like, it is a shocking ending, one of those films that doesn't get rave reviews anywhere and dies quietly like so many in the movie
- The Good Shepherd review by Ian
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When you look at the cast list, esp. Matt Damon you could be forgiven that a CIA chase the bad guy movie is in order. Not a chance. This film is a real slow burner and feels more like a character study of life for CIA agents - and what a life. If you concentrate hard enough it's so sad it aches. If you don't concentrate really hard, it'll confuse you easily - at one stage we couldn't work out what time period the film was in because the subtle change was in Matt Damon's glasses indicating early career or later career. Jolie stands out as the only human character, luckily for Damon his character starts off emotionless and remains so pretty much throughout the film so role possibly suited him well.
I'm divided as to whether we enjoyed this one, worthy - possibly, entertaining - not really.
I am still in a state of disbelief that a film with so many good actors and such an interesting idea could turn out to be so bad. It was really boring and the person I saw it with actually fell asleep.The best thing in it was Angelina Jolie who actually did a good job as the wife of Edward Wilson; probably one of her best acting performances. De Niro should stay in front of the camera if his forays into direction are all going to be as bad as this.
Glad I am not the only person who thought this was not good!
It was so boring-I'm sure that Matt Damon was just 'acting' the role how it was meant to be portrayed, but his character was lifeless, devoid of emotion, uninteresting etc etc. Robert De Niro could have saved it a little by being in it more and the only person I did like was Jolie who I don't usually rate. I didn't even really understand what on earth was going on or the whole point of the film!