The Good Shepherd

September 14, 2007 at 5:00 pm | Posted in DVD Film | Leave a comment

‘The Good Shepherd’, directed by Robert De Niro, tells the story of the early years of the CIA as seen through the eyes of the young and idealistic Edward Wilson. As a young Yale student Wilson is recruited into the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency). He grows within the agency to become a seasoned veteran operative. The plot centres on what he must sacrifice both personally and morally to become so heavily involved in this world of espionage and distrust.
The plot is slow moving but intense. The story is laid out as a series of flashbacks which culminate with the Bay of Pigs incident. Wilson must uncover the source of a leak but whilst doing so he is forced to confront his own actions and choices. The Good Shepherd is packed full of big names including Michael Gambon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro. Matt Damon plays the role of the quiet and disturbingly self contained Wilson brilliantly. However the make up used to age him isn’t all that convincing and is somewhat distracting.

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