The Good Shepherd (Full Screen Edition)
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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? With an all-star cast including Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup, William Hurt, Timothy Hutton and John Turturro, it's the gripping story David Ansen of Newsweek hails as "spellbinding."
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and then the birth of the CIA. You could reverse the image, and say it is a film about the CIA, with a father and son story in the background.
Edward Wilson goes to Yale with the trauma of his father's death in his head, and a promising future ahead of him. He is from the ruling class,
as the film shows. Edward is a good student, who then accepts a recruitment from the Yale secret society Skull And Bones.
What the film is good at, is showing the stultifying atmosphere of America during a time of war. You would not want to be born into
the privilege Edward has, if it means to be living like him, as a sensitive man.
Edward is not a likable character, he is too passive. The only thing that is good about him is his patriotism.
It's hard to write a review without giving up the story. So I will stop here. If you do not know intelligence history, then you should watch
this film which seamlessly melds it with the lives of the main characters.
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