Friends Can Be Enemies And Enemies Can Be Friends
, 16 Apr 2011
Friends can be enemies and enemies can be friends. This is a film that shows in life, (well certainly a life within the CIA) it is important to trust no-one. - The viewer may even take a walk away after watching and start questioning some of their relationships in life!
The protaganist Edward went to an American public school and that is where he joins a secret, 'Brotherhood.' Everyone has to tell the room something about themselves that they have never told anyone. Edward's story is a running theme. Its quite interesting to see what these brotherhoods get up to. In one scene Edward is wrestling in mud while some of his, 'Chums,' litterally pi£s down on the wrestlers from a balcolny!
The film is directed by Robert Di Nero and he has a small role as a general who recruits the young 20 somethings to form the CIA. (Its a shame that he doesn't have a bigger role). Edward works alongside the character who plays Kinish from the film Rounders. In one scene Kinish, 'Interogates,' a Russian in the most harrowing scene.
Edward doesn't show any emotion, (this is the mainstay theme) and there are only two times he shows emotion in his job. The first is during the Blitz in London when an old homosexual English agent is beaten up and chucked in the river Thames and the second time is when his son gets in a spot of bother so to speak.
Its hard to tell whether Edward will sleep with a woman, (even though he is married) to do so or because its a part of his job to extract information. - I believe the later. He really is that cold. When out in Russia he forms a temporary closeness with a Russian / German lady. She cooks for him but he is suspicious about her hearing aid. So after sleeping with her he has her shot and her hearing aid ends up in some high chef's cup of tea, (on the other side obviously) in a hotel.
His at times devlish looking wife, Margaret played by Anglina Jolie, is long suffering. Edward was told by her brother to marry him after he impregnated her. This is a sad part to the film because he was in a relationship with a very kind deaf lady called Laura. (As cold as ever Edward immediately breaks it off with Laura). In one particular argument Edward shouts to Margaret the only reason that he married her was because she was pregnant. She also finds out about Edward's affairs and is saddened that her son Edward Junior wants to join the CIA too.
I particulary like the scene when American interests are under threat in a country. It might be Cuba. And this country's main export is coffee so the CIA send some airplanes over the crops and drop tens of thousands of locusts over the coffee crop! Edward later receives a tin of coffee with a finger in it! (The finger is wearing a secret society ring).
One complaint is Matt Damon doesn't look much older than his son towards the end of the film! Maybe Matt Damon just looks permanently young!
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