Another extremely annoying aspect of Damon’s character is that he does not appear to age at all during the 20 year span of the story. While his wife and son get visibly older, the Edward Wilson of 1961 looks exactly the same as the fresh faced graduate of 1939.
There are some great performances in the periphery, by Michael Gambon, Billy Crudup, and John Tuturro, who add some colour to the proceedings, but it is all lost in the never ending series of covert meetings, leaden conversations with double meanings, and flat characters in trench coats.
It’s certainly a courageous (or perhaps misguided) move on Robert Deniro’s part to eschew all the conventions of the thriller, and let The Good Shepherd coast along at the speed of the bureaucrats who work behind the scenes of the intelligence community, instead of clipping things along at the pace of a James Bond movie. Unfortunately it’s also incredibly boring.
If you’re interested in the formation of the CIA, then you may find something to hold your attention here, but if you are looking for entertainment, then avoid this. It does not even reveal all that much about the unanswered questions about the period during which it takes place, and leaves you wondering why you bothered.
- Ivan Sadler
A bloated, self-indulgent and agonizingly slow retelling of the birth of the CIA. Who cares if Robert De Niro directed it?
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