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Trust. Betrayal. Deception. In the C.I.A. nothing is what it seems.
A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency.
Roger Donaldson gave us a rather predictable espionage thriller that although polished and palpable turned itself inside out with too many twists and turns.
Al Pacino plays a C.I.A instructor who attempts to recruit a young and inspired M.I.T computer genius with a tempestuous nature and a chequered family history. Originally uninterested our James played by Colin Fecking Farrell is intrigued by the offer after mention of his father's former life as a spook. The usual aptitude tests and scenarios are played out and James excels until his relationship with a fellow recruit played by the gorgeous Bridget Moynahan unhinges his stoic demeanor. With some neat conspiracy ideas and typical espionage spy-shit this does hurtle along at a fair old…
Not very memorable, a little forgettable, not one of Pacino's best, not one of Farrell's best but for the most part its enjoyable mainly just for Al Pacino.
Not a bad spy thriller until the end, which is quite frankly the stupidest thing ever.
If the CIA were really that thick then America could be overturn by 3 dogs and a blind goldfish.
Noting is what it seems.
Sometimes a film can be its own worst enemy, such as The Recruit which plays the cinematic equivalent of 'cry wolf'. Simply put, this espionage drama from Roger Donaldson attempts to pull a series of rugs from under our feet so many times that you may find yourself tiring of its central schtick, as crucial as it is to the movie's central ideas of manipulation and what lies at face value. Yet for a picture that prides itself on trying to stay one step ahead of its audience, the result is a far more routine piece of work that is actually rather easy to predict in many places, ultimately moving away from being a fresh take on the spy thriller…
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The Recruit is a typical run-of-the mill, standard spy thriller. You know, the typical "who is conning who" plot, and the inevitable plot twist towards the end.
It's smartly executed by Roger Donaldson, and serves as okay entertainment, but other than that... meh, nothing special.
The acting is solid and the film has it's moments, but there are too many times where the story just feels contrived. While not very polished, it's a decent film that is enjoyable if you just sit back, relax, don't think too much about it, and just try to enjoy the ride.
Though it certainly wears out its welcome, and though it's too "cool" by half, this CIA-thriller moves along nicely for an hour or so. Once it begins working overtime to surprise us with intrigue, it falls into less successful territory. Pacino is clearly phoning it in here, but Farrell does an adequate job playing against him. Unfortunately, for all of the conspiracy theories that the movie hints at, it never once really manages to create a paranoid atmosphere.
I can't really remember any film Al Pacino has made and wasn't good. He speaks out loud, believing in every single word slipping on his tongue and out of his mouth.
Wonderful film, and really really exciting.
"Nothing wis what it seems.."
A decent, if unspectacular, action thriller starring Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, and Bridget Moynahan. Farrell plays the young hotshot recruited into the CIA, but doubts start to set in from the very beginning. Can he even last through the training?
It's all predictable enough, but enjoyable too, and competently directed by Roger Donaldson.
A film with some beautiful people and a good sex scene. Do not expect a cerebral plot, it doesn't have any.
1 of the best work of Al-Pacino! I personally liked the story which revolves around the CIA & espionage & stuff! Had high hopes, & it did justice! Al Pacino in a negative role! That was awesome
Enjoyed it completely!
I think people are blinded by Pacino's history of film roles but since 2000 I haven't enjoyed pretty much anything he's been in. Farrell outshines him but that's not saying a lot as everyone in this film is very cliched and generic. I hated the ending.
Haven't seen The Recruit for years but I always remember really liking it. But man, how dated is it now. And definitely not even as good as I remember.
No bad, but you can see most of the twists coming.
Colin Farrell gives a decent performance in The Recruit, and Al Pacino is (for the most part) keeping himself in check, but ultimately the film is a bit too twisty for its own good, and by the end, the final revelation isn't that surprising or inventive.
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