Friday, 21 August 2009

The Good Shepherd


Edward Wilson (Matt Damon), the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in the newly founded Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency). While working there, his ideals gradually turn to suspicion influenced by the Cold War paranoia present within the office. Eventually, he becomes an influential veteran operative, while his distrust of everyone around him increases to no end. His dedication to his work does not come without a price though, leading him to sacrifice his ideals and eventually his family.

Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup,
Keir Dullea, Michael Gambon, Martina Gedeck, William Hurt.

This movie is great. It is a bit of a slow burner but had me riveted from the start. For once, Matt Damon doesn't look 12 years old all the time and Angelina Jolie proves that she can act in a demanding role. It's definitely a return to the good old fashioned spy movies that we used to get. A little overlong and you will need to watch it with no distractions

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