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May 17, 2007

The Good Shepherd - 6

With faint echoes of The Talented Mr. Ripley (Matt Damon stars as the main character), this film is about Edward Wilson (loosely based on James Angleton) and the development of the CIA in the 1960's. The film combines the personal with the professional as Wilson struggles to prioritize his wife (Angelina Jolie) and son over the strenuous demands and love of his work. The film is long which gives it room to develop Wilson as a character- who decides too late that his family is more valuable than his work. All of his work has irreversible consequences for his family and himself. Unfortunately, Wilson is too lost and calculating to see all of this as tragic. He has ultimately lost himself. Directed by Robert De Niro this film works as a subtle critique of our current administration and intelligence agencies in light of the past and the influence it still has.

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