While not the success "The Bourne Identity" was, "The Recruit" is a fun and involving spy thriller set in the post-Cold War era -- something so many spy films haven't been able to successfully pull off.
Pacino predictably chews up all the available scenery as a CIA recruiter, and Farrell is the MIT grad with the deus ex machina software recruit of the title. The film spends a little time at The Farm (the not-particularly-secret CIA training facility -- the counterpart to the FBI's training facility in Quantico) before moving to Washington, DC and an intrigue concerning one or more moles within the CIA and a not-as-complex-as-it-looks whodunnit mystery.
While there are a few wrinkles in this mystery -- who's the guy in the hooded jacket, for instance -- mostly the enjoyment of this film comes down to how they hit the fairly standard plot points, not which plot points they choose to hit. In the interests of keeping the plot moving, most of the training on the Farm was unfortunately cut -- watch the DVD extras for a glimpse at what is, perhaps, the most interesting part of the film.
A decent rental in the espionage genre, but not a must have purchase except for die hard fans of one of the principal actors.