Not being a big fan when it comes to conspiracies and things of that nature, I decided to give this film its day in my Film Court just because I was hearing quite a few good things about it from other people.
I’ll admit, it has a good story that isn’t exactly easy to follow. The time jumping from scene to scene can get a bit confusing, although modern audiences should be used to that by now. Personally, I’m suspecting that the new unspoken requirement to secure an Oscar nomination for your film is to edit it out of sequence.
But once you get used to the sporadic time-traveling, you can begin to appreciate the story for what it is. Unfortunately, it is a very slow-paced film.
To make matters worse, while the dialogue might remind you as to which time period the scene is taking place in, the characters themselves do not. I swear, the viewing audience ages more noticeably in a few hours than do the on-screen characters who are being portrayed over a time span of forty years. Apparently the CIA has ferreted out and classified the type of secrets that Oil of Olay would kill for.
Well, everyone except Joe Pesci. I hardly recognized him.
All in all, it’s not a bad film at all, but it is a very drawn out one that probably could have lost another twenty minutes on the cutting room floor.
Film information: The Good Shepherd