January 08, 2007 12:00 PM

Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Tammy Blanchard

CRITIC’S CHOICE

DRAMA

An older spy advises a protégé who has betrayed him, “Get out while you can, while you still believe, while you still have a soul.” The warning comes too late for Edward Wilson (Damon), the younger man, who is at the center of director Robert De Niro’s ambitious, complex look at the early years of the Central Intelligence Agency. Recruited while still a student at Yale, Wilson spends WWII working with British intelligence in London and then goes on to fight the Cold War and oversee the disastrous Bay of Pigs operation. Along the way, he manages to wrong his wife (Jolie), son and others, all in the name of protecting his country. While a smidgen overlong and sometimes confusing, Shepherd offers strong performances and builds to a devastating climax. (R)

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