This movie is a fictitious story based on events surrounding the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. While the actors perform well in their respective roles, the storyline is fractured by constant bouncing back and forth between 1939, 1941, 1960 and 1961. As a result, the screenplay does not present a very compelling story of Cold War intrigue between the Soviet Union KGB and the United States CIA. “The Good Shepherd” is a failed attempt to match the suspense and excitement of Matt Damon’s popular role as Jason Borne.
The first 40 minutes does not contain a single profanity, violent act, or inappropriate gesture. The remainder of the story becomes increasingly animated and violent with several on-screen graphic portrayals of adultery, fornication, brutal beatings, murders, suicides, and profanities.