My wife and I went to see The Good Shepherd this evening. Anyone expecting a typical Damon, De Niro, Jolie film will be disappointed. The same if you're expecting a spy thriller. Yes, this movie could have been cut down to 90 minutes but I think the "extra" stuff is in there for a reason. I suspect the movie plays out much like intelligence work plays out in real life. Things aren't tied up in neat bows, plot lines don't always play out the way we would expect or sometimes don't play out at all. I don't think De Niro tried to create a blockbuster. I think he tried to make a realistic movie about the early years of the CIA. During a complicated time, politically speaking. I think he wanted to make a movie about the intelligence activities of that era, that didn't look like a Hollywood movie. I think he succeeded, we liked the movie.