The Recruit [Blu-ray]
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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.
Feature Commentary By Director Roger Donaldson And Actor Colin Farrell
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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It doesn't work, I cleaned it four times but it's still doesn't work.Published 7 months ago by Nicole Lauzon
Al Pacino very good in this role, was a great movie to watch, love him as a actor, as good as everPublished 22 months ago by Larry Smet
This is a great movie as advertised. It was received as promised. This movie is very well done and I enjoyed it very much.Published on March 28 2013 by Ronald Taylor
My son asked for this movie which he likes very much. It was convenient to order it online as we did.Published on Feb. 2 2013 by Irene
the recruit is an OK movie,i guess.certainly nothing spectacular.there
are some suspenseful moments in the movie. Read more
A non-stop thriller till the very end. Al is at his best again. A must see!!!Published on June 8 2007 by M. Larson
An oft-repeated phrase throughout this film is that with the CIA, nothing is what it seems. Unfortunately, that is not always true. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2006 by FrKurt Messick
I really liked this movie because it took a different approach to the genre. Rather than focusing a heist or some spy's mission, this movie is about the training CIA field... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2006 by Virus