The Recruit

Trust. Betrayal. Deception. In the C.I.A. nothing is what it seems.

"James Clayton (Colin Farrell) is one of the top prospects in the new crop of CIA recruits. His intelligence and unconventional attitude attract the attention of veteran Walter Burke (Al Pacino) who squires him through the Agency's difficult training courses and helps him to quickly rise through the ranks. Clayton is then given a special assignment, to root out a suspected mole that has infiltrated the Agency." (IMDB)

The first thing that should spark in your mind when you see this film, is the two lead actors, Collin Farrell and Al Pacino, A serious mix of old blood and new blood. While Pacino's basically as old as the industry, with an amazing film sheet, Collin Farrell, on the other hand, is just coming into his own. That having been said Minority Report, and Phone Booth (also showing this season) being his previous project, he looks to be one of the greats.

So, with a great lead duo, an interesting looking story line, especially given the current state of the world, couldn't be better, right?

Well, not exactly. While the film serves up some quite suspense filled moments, it doesn't have a lot to offer to anyone who's seen a film about spies and "routing out the mole" exercises.

If you're looking for a comfortable re-hash of old themes and ideas, then Collin and Al should be able to keep you reasonably well entertained, but if you're looking for these two top-tier stars to give something brand new to the genre, you're going to have to look some place else.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:



Action, Thriller


Roger Towne, Kurt Wimmer, Mitch Glazer


Roger Donaldson


Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht, Mike Realba


Klaus Badelt


115 minutes






English, Persian, Russian


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