This weekend I did something I've never done before: I went to the cinema and walked out before the movie was over. The offending piece of work? The Good Shepherd, full of Hollywood big shots and crappy story lines.
I really have no idea how 6,028 people gave this movie a 7 out of 10 on IMDb. The characters were totally unconvincing, especially Matt Damon's portrayal of Edward Wilson. The love interests were bizarre and forced, overshadowed only by the love scenes themselves. Ugggh. Think failed copulations, hearing aids and sex outdoors - but without passion. Angelina Jolie plays her typical wild seductress role only to convert into a "we should sleep in separate beds until we get used to each other again" prude a few years later. Apparently all of these elements were supposed to give us an idea of Wilson's character, but really only contributed to more confusion.
I was getting hysterical at the appalling, plodding story line and decided to call it a night before I completely lost my mind. This move just shows again that a big name director combined with a bunch of big name actors most definitely does not translate into a watchable film. Skip it, unless you're into self-torture.