Robert DeNiro's tale about the birth of the CIA reminded me a great deal of THE GODFATHER. From its epic scope to its family drama to the central character's obligations, it's not surprising that Francis Ford Coppola was an executive producer on the film.
Edward Wilson (Matt Damon, GOOD WILL HUNTING) was born into a wealthy, well-respected family, which affords him little choice to pick the direction of his life. He will follow in the footsteps of his father, Thomas (Timothy Hutton, KINSEY), and go to Yale where he will become a member of elite Skull & Bones Society. At the early stages of World War II, General Bill Sullivan (DeNiro) calls on Edward to help serve his country and operate as a spy for a newly formed foreign intelligence agency of the U.S. government. What other choice does he have then to say yes? Despite being in love with a sweet deaf girl named Laura (Tammy Blanchard, STEALING HARVARD), Edward is obligated to marry rich Margaret "Clover" Russell (Angelina Jolie, TOMB RAIDER) after he gets her pregnant. Edward's quiet demeanor and cold detachment make him a perfect spy, but will all the lying he does, especially to himself, cost him his soul?