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The Recruit [Blu-ray] (2003)

Al Pacino , Colin Farrell  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016CP2NQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Feature Commentary By Director Roger Donaldson And Actor Colin Farrell

Editorial Reviews

James Clayton is fired up. A bartender by night and computer hacker in the few hours of daylight for which he manages to leave his water bed, the kid is flying high, on a roll with a laid-back lifestyle that suits him just fine. Played by an agile Colin Farrell, Clayton is also a heartthrob with his five o'clock shadow and chiseled pecks. A cushy job offer from Dell computers peaks his interest in securing a professional career, and at the same moment he meets Walter Burke (Al Pacino), a recruiter from the CIA. . Intrigued, Clayton is sent to an intensive CIA training camp called 'The Farm,' where he quickly learns the gravity of his decision as he undergoes gruelling tests of physical, mental, and psychological strength.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's no spy game July 29, 2003
A Film by Roger Donaldson
The Recruit is a film about the CIA and a training facility called "The Farm". Walter Burke (Al Pacino) is a teacher at The Farm and is trying to recruit James Clayton (Colin Farrell) to join the CIA. Clayton is intrigued both by how Burke sells the CIA and also because Burke claims some knowledge about Clayton's father (who disappeared/was killed in 1990). Clayton goes along for the ride and the first half of the movie is the training at the Farm.
The first half of the movie (barring the first 5-10 minutes) is by far the best of the movie. If the quality would have held up, this could have been a great movie. During the training we meet Layla (Bridget Moynahan), who may or may not be a spy. Burke tells Clayton early in the movie that nothing is as it seems. If we keep that in mind we have to accept that anything we are presented is a lie. This makes the first half of the movie very interesting but also makes the second half of the movie fairly conventional. Nothing is really wrong with it, but nothing is really right with the second hour. There are a couple of twists that aren't really unexpected, but nothing too spectacular.
Here's the bottom line: I enjoyed watching the movie, but it was ultimately empty and forgettable. Al Pacino gets to give a nice speech (a wonderful, but typical Pacino explosion), and everyone does a good job, but the movie is just lacking...I think it is lacking any kind of real story. If you want to see a better movie in this genre, see Spy Game. It's a much better movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average movie August 13, 2006
Al Pacino plays a CIA agent who recruits James Clayton (Colin Farrell) because he's a highly intelligent prospect. Also, Clayton's father was in the CIA. Clayton falls in love with Layla. She is another candidate he meets while in training. She is supposedly a mole try to access information and Clayton is assigned to follow her.

I thought this was a highly entertaining movie and I had fun trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Anyone who likes spy movies or thrillers will more than likely enjoy this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY WATCHABLE DESPITE THE MISSING MEAT.. May 3, 2004
The theme of a grizzled mentor and a hyper-energetic but gullible new recruit is a somewhat dated one (in recent memory, Spy Game, Training Day etc) but I watched this movie with no expectations, and found that it does a fairly good job of being fastpaced and gripping.
What rides it above the predictability that could have drawn it down is its riveting pace. Glossy visuals are a plus too. The eminently watchable Pacino is no slouch in the charisma department as usual. Farrell merits a special mention, he maintains a credible dignity that lends a certain cachet to the movie, and his chemistry with Moynahan is searing.
Last but not the least, there are not-so-subtle references to recent CIA glitches, most likely 911 and Gulf War.
You'll probably not watch this flick more than once, but it's a decent rental for the first time. The extras on the DVD include some deleted scenes that reassured me that the movie is very well edited. Which helps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything is a test April 28, 2004
Nothing is as it seems in this movie as Al Pacino plays a recruiter for the CIA who brings in Colin Farrell, playing a young computer programmer, to start a career as a new operative. The movie takes us through the training as well as other action as we see that recruits are tested as much mentally and emotionally, as they are tested physically.
As par for course, Pacino does a great job and has the audience believing his portrayal of the character. Just as the plot is multi-layered, Pacino's character, Burke, is just as multi-layered.
I would recommend seeing this movie. Although the gadgetry is not as you would see in a James Bond movie, it is fascinating seeing the training.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent spy flick December 5, 2003
The Recruit is a better-than-average spy thriller that is able to exceed its relatively routine storyline. It succeeds due to the good writing and the acting of the two principal leads, Al Pacino and Colin Farrell.
Farrell plays an ace computer programmer haunted by the death of his father over a decade earlier. Pacino is a recruiter for the CIA who hints that Farrell's father may have been a member of the company. Farrell enlists and trains for field work; this recruitment and training takes up around half the movie.
The second half of the story has Pacino - one of the main trainers - recruiting Farrell for his first assignment, dealing with a mole within the Agency. Although some of the plot twists are foreseeable, others are less obvious, and if the ending wraps up everything a little too neatly, it is nonetheless satisfying.
In certain ways, this is a rather standard suspense flick, but as said before, it is the writing and acting that help it excel. Farrell holds his own with the veteran Pacino, and the rest of the relatively no-name cast also puts forth a decent effort. The Recruit is a solid four-star flick: not a classic but definitely a pleasant diversion.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes things are better than they seem January 8, 2005
This is a movie that I initially passed over, always finding something else to buy or borrow (as I don't steal), until I happened to catch the ending on television late one night.

By the next evening it was in my possession, and despite having already watched the ending, I found it to be a surprisingly enjoyable experience.

Al Pacino aced his role as Walter Burke, CIA trainer extraordinaire, and he's not a guy I would ever want to play poker with, even if I did play poker.

Colin Farrell's performance is pretty much like his other movies(except maybe "Alexander", but I haven't seen that yet, and I hate his blonde look), but he really does a great short, dark and handsome, tortured and persecuted thing. This time he's out of the phone booth and using his cell phone, whizzing through movie-style computer gibberish as James Clayton, the star recruit of the latest batch of CIA trainees.

Bridget Moynahan gives much the same performance as she does in "I, Robot", playing it smart and sassy with a real cute pout, and a concerned wrinkle.

Surprises and twists abound, and though you know it's all faked, and nothing is what it seems, it still draws you in. In retrospect, the ending really is the silliest part of the movie, the moral of the story being to sit down and relax whenever you see red dots before your eyes.

Amanda Richards, January 9, 2005
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good movie about the CIA
They send possible recruits to a training & testing facility called 'The Farm'. Great script and good casting in the roles.
Published 25 days ago by P. Strickler
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Suspense Movie
Solid, fun suspense movie - it's exactly waht it intends to be. Pacino and Farrell are solid. If you dont expect too much, and dont take it too seriously, then you can have a lot... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Ins and outs of the CIA
Young computer whiz is recruited by a CIA agent (Al Pacino)
for covert work. Training never seems to end, leading to some
confusing moments in the story-telling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hawkeye
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
It wasn't until towards the end of the movie that I realized I had seen this before. I enjoyed it just as much the second time as I did the first time I'd watched it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Granny 3
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Not life changing and not necessarily age appropriate for all viewers but has some twists and turns right up to the end.
Published 2 months ago by LuvtoShopAmazon
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
I love Al Pacino. I have always liked all his movies. And of course he and Colin were good together in this story.
Published 3 months ago by Yvette Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT..."You won't figure this one out" Movie.
I am so glad to have purchased this thriller. I like it when I can't figure out the ending. In this flick you can't see the exciting twists and turns coming. Another plus. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Happy Holidays
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting
This movie keeps you guessing to the end. It also has a little bit for everyone, and can keep men or women interested to the end.
Published 4 months ago by Hannibaal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Fantastic movie - have watched it at least twice now with other company and still enjoy it. A CIA thriller on who is the good/bad guy and what is real or part of CIA training. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven J. Lambrecht
3.0 out of 5 stars acceptable
great insight on the farm but otherwise rather pedestrian acting and a pretty poorly written entertaining film. not missing much by missing it.
Published 6 months ago by Fernando Silva
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