The Recruit

Movie Reviews | Jan 31st, 2003

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Starring Colin Farrell, Al Pacino, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht
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Directed By: Roger Donaldson

This movie looked like it had potential to be a good CIA movie but I think it fell short. From seeing the previews, I could tell what was going to happen so this movie was really predictable in the sense that you know who it is, it’s a matter of how and why.

The movie is about James Clayton (Colin Farrell), who gets recruited to join the CIA by Walter Burke (Pacino). James’ father was supposedly in the CIA so it was in his blood and he died mysteriously while being in the CIA so James wants to find out more. Burke meets up with Layla (Bridget Moynahan) at the Recruitment test and falls for her; but you shouldn’t mix work with pleasure. Not everything is what it seems I guess is the tagline to this. I liked the beginning part of this movie but it just seem to drag on and get to be a typical “spy thriller” movie to me. If it wasn’t for Bridget Moynahan in this, I think my rating might be lower. haha. Al Pacino seems like he’s going into the same character in every movie category.

Colin Farrell does a good job with the film and he’s already a star, look at how many movies he’s been in the last year and how many that are coming up. Though about the movie, I think it started off well, just ended typically. It was enjoyable to see Pacino and Farrell play off each other. I kind of wished they left out the second half of the film and just had the movie all at “the Farm,” the place where they trained the CIA. I was still entertained and I liked the twists in the film, only if the trailer didn’t show everything. Though I’m sure if the trailer didn’t show us stuff, people would still be able to figure it out.

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Favorite Scenes: Any scene with Bridget Moynahan
Running Time: 0 minutes
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