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The Good Shepherd – Directed by Robert De Niro, starring Matt Damon & Angelina Jolie

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The Good Shepherd (2006)  Directed by Robert De Niro, starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, William Hurt, Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro, John Turturro and many excellent others in a large supporting cast.  This very good spy drama, about the origins of the intelligence and counter-intelligence services through to the fiasco of the Bay of Pigs, though rather long, is never dull.  A complex, and even today, secretive story, one moves from the Skull and Bones Society at Yale, through the OSS and British/American intelligence cooperation, to the cold war, double agents and disaster in the years of JFK‘s presidency.  An ambitious slice of spy history, to say the least, De Niro’s directing and sense of cold darkness sets the tone for a fascinating look into the life of one man, Edward Wilson, modeled somewhat on James Jesus Angleton, head of Counter-Intelligence for the CIA from 1954 to 1974, and portrayed, consummately, by Matt Damon, as he treads a virtually soulless and secretive path through a twisted, dangerous, error-prone world.  Of course, with such ambitions, the film has some weaknesses, notably in the writing of the sub-plot involving Wilson’s (Damon) son Edward Jr. and in the actor chosen to portray this character.  Nevertheless, there is so much else to be appreciated, from the fine acting of a vast exemplary supporting cast, to the look and tone and feel of the film, that The Good Shepherd, as a tense, cold look at a complex and often horrible reality is a must-see film. (PR)

See our posts on the films What Just Happened starring Robert De Niro, Syriana, The Informant! and Invictus starring Matt Damon, Vantage Point with William Hurt and The Bone Collector starring Angelina Jolie.

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The Fugitive – Starring Harrison Ford & Tommy Lee Jones

Posted by the editors on Monday, 19 December 2011

The Fugitive (1993)  Directed by Andrew Davis (Under Siege (1992), Collateral Damage (2002)), starring Harrison Ford (Witness (1985), The Devil’s Own (1997), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), and many more) and Tommy Lee Jones (Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), JFK (1991), The Sunset Limited (2011)).  In this iconic thriller, brimming with action, Harrison Ford is excellent as fugitive falsely convicted murderer Dr. Richard Kimble and Tommy Lee Jones is superb as the hard, determined Deputy Marshall Samuel Gerard, a portrayal for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, whose task it is to track the equally determined Dr. Kimble.  Andrew Davis’ directing is tight and sharp, maintaining an exquisite level of tension throughout the film, aided by excellent special effects and highly effective music by James Newton Howard.  The supporting cast is without fault, including Julianne Moore, in a small role as an emergency room doctor.  If you haven’t seen The Fugitive, see it, and if you have seen the film, see it again.  It’s really that good. (PR)

See our posts on the film Extraordinary Measures with Harrison Ford, and the films In the Valley of Elah and No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones, and the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by, and starring, Tommy Lee Jones.  Also see our post on the film Chloe, starring Julianne Moore.

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