Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Good Shepherd

Robert De Niro, 2006 (8.4*)
Based on a true story, this is the best directed film from Robert De Niro, who also co-stars in this film about Edmund Wilson, played as a straight patriot by Matt Damon. Wilson was recruited as an intelligence agent during WW2, before there really was a CIA established, so he's around in the formative days of the cold war of intelligence vs. the commies and other subversives. This is a realistic spy movie, so look for less action than the Bourne series of Damon's, but it's gripping and rewarding on its own merits, and also has Angelina Jolie but in an undemanding role.


José Sinclair September 19, 2009 at 12:48 AM  

Damon's new comedic character in THE INFORMANT looks like his character in Good SHepherd!

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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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