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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht, Mike Realba
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: Kurt Wimmer, Mitch Glazer, Roger Towne
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 3 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016CP2NQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,834 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Academy Award(R)-Winner Al Pacino (Best Actor, SCENT OF A WOMAN, 1991) and Colin Farrell (MINORITY REPORT) take you deeper into the CIA than you've ever been before in this action-packed psychological thriller. James Clayton (Farrell), one of the smartest graduates in the country, is just the person Walter Burke (Pacino) wants in the Agency. James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla (Bridget Moynahan, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS), one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him to root out a mole. As the suspense builds in a maze of gripping twists and turns, there are only two things James can count on -- he can't trust anyone and nothing is as it seems. It's the ultimate CIA thriller with so many surprise plot twists, you'll want to watch it again and again.

Special Features

Feature Commentary By Director Roger Donaldson And Actor Colin Farrell

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justine Cardello on July 22 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I love Al Pacino, and I really enjoyed the movie when I saw it last nighht. But now, thinking about it, alot of it seemed really ridiculous. I won't go into the story--many have done that already. But these are my points:
First, you would think that James would be a little suspicious of having to break into Layla's computer. I mean, Burke could've done so himself after hours or on the weekend. There was no reason to sneak into it while she was at work.
Second, what was the deal with Layla and Zack? It's never explained why they were working together--doing what? What was Zack's role? In fact, what job did Zack get after he finished at the Farm? And that note she passed to him? Duh, how about just telling him in person when they were at work. They are allowed to speak to eachother. And then why did Zack run and then fire at James? Makes no sense at all. In fact, it was one of the stupidest scenes in the movie.
Third, didn't James think it odd that he was working only with Burke? Burke was the head instructor at the Farm. Why would James be dealing with him on this mission? He also would've been hooked up with others, and given a thorough briefing on his new role as NOC. Not just told in a car by his instructor and then set to work. Again, really stupid.
Fourth, the ending is pretty dumb, when you think about it. And we don't really know what happened? Did James really wash out at the Farm? Was he really a NOC? Was he still in the CIA? He's sitting in a car with another spook, going to be debriefed, and the guy tells him that it's in "his blood." So what does that mean? Is he in or out?
Fifth, it seems that if Burke really wanted this program, he had enough access to figure out a simpler means of stealing it.
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NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS...that's true enough in the words of CIA instructor Al Pacino in Roger Donaldson's labyrinthine movie about a new CIA recruit, played with marvelous intensity by the gifted Colin Farrell. Pacino uses many of the elements of his previous roles, and why not--the man is a brilliant actor and sometimes you never know what to expect from him in spite of his familiarity. Bridget Moynihan (Sum of All Fears) co-stars as fellow recruit and would be lover for Farrell. (...) she possesses a strong sense of character in this multi-leveled role. Gabriel Macht in a smaller role as Zach is also very good, as Moynihan's other possible love interest. Even with the many clever twists and turns, the ending becomes predictable but not until the movie is almost over. Credit Donaldson for this succinct direction. The musical score is also brilliant; loved the use of usually boring synthesized music. It's effectively haunting in this movie.
Colin Farrell is destined for his Oscar; his intensity and his understanding of multi-levels of characterization will lead him to an even brighter future.
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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.
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Roger Donaldson's films have always the same trait, which many film buffs can easily detect; that is, A) it starts with superb premise; B) it gives fine acting from the stars; C) it ends not so well. Look at "No Way Out" or "Dante's Peak." ("Thriteen Days" is one exception.) And with "The Recruit," did he change? Apparently not.
So, the film starts well. Al Pacino literally recruits a MIT computer wiz Colin Farrell. Come with me, and work for CIA. Al (with thick beard) trains him with other applicants in "The Farm," where the US government secretly teaches ABC of being spy. But the young Colin soon realizes that he can trust nothing during the tricky course of the training.
The first half is pretty interesting even though the training programs are obviously imagination of the filmmakers. Of course, CIA must have shown some part of the facilities but if there should be really 'The Farm,' they will neither affirm nor deny the existence of it, let alone show it to you. But still the production designs are polished (like that of "Anti-Trust") and the story is stylishly done.
The problem is the second half, in which another character (played by Bridget Moynahan) steps in. Quite honestly, the plot is predictable to the discerning eyes of the fans of the genre, and I want no more not-so-stylish use of guns, chases, and so on. And the conclusion is a huge letdown, or in other words, impossible.
Another weakness is (don't worry no spoilers) the characters' motives. Why Colin's character wants to be a spy when he is a top student from MIT? It is explained in the opening credits, but it is not strong enough.
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