“The Good Shepard” is about Edward Wilson (played by Matt Damon) and the founding of the CIA. The movie starts with The Bay of Pigs and Wilson's involvement in it. Then through a series of flashbacks we follow the life of Wilson as he attends Yale, is picked for OSS during World War II and later as it evolves into the CIA.
It's a good film, and rather understated for a major Hollywood production, and it didn't feel like the three hour film that it was (a good sign). There are good performances from everybody in the film, but a problem I had was with Matt Damon. While he's good as Edward Wilson, I found it very hard to accept him as middle aged with a son in college (during the Bay of Pigs incident, around which the movie plot revolves). I just found him too young looking to be the middle age secret service beaurocrat—even Angelina Jolie as his wife manged to “age” more believably than Matt Damon.
But that's really my only gripe with this otherwise good film.
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