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The Good Shepherd (2006)

Written By Awir Aditya on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | 4:20 AM

Genre: History/Drama/Crime/Thriller

Starring: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup, John Turturro, William Hurt

The CIA has been the US Governments primary agency for intelligence and counter-intelligence activities for many years. The agency was founded as the OSS during World War II to collect information on Nazi troop movement. The agency continued in the Cold War period to gather data on Russian spies and their movements and this movie intends to narrate the birth of this very agency. Edward Wilson (Damon) a Yale graduate is approached by the FBI to spy on his poetry professor whom they suspect to be a Nazi spy. He slowly climbs the secret services ladder and is soon asked to head the OSS and gather intelligence on Nazi troop movement. He is forced to marry his friends sister Margaret (Jolie) whom he slept with and impregnated although he loves a deaf girl Laura (Blanchard). The movie is loosely based on the CIA's inception with many primary people being depicted by different names. The biggest flaw of the movie is its length which leads to a stretched story and subsequently becomes boring. Performances are decent and at times the movie does manage to pick up tempo which gets lost quite quickly. The multiple side-plots do not got down very well either and focusing on the main story would have been a far better idea.

Thumbs up: Great foundation story
Thumbs down: Long, stretched and boring

Rating: 6.1/10
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