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The Recruit [DVD] [2003]


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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht, Kenneth Mitchell
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: Kurt Wimmer, Mitch Glazer, Roger Towne
  • Producers: Gary Barber, Jeff Apple, Jonathan Glickman, Megan Wolpert
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Persian, Russian
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AE7CJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,513 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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James Clayton - computer genius by day, barman by night - is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the U.S. He's just the person that Walter Burke wants working for the CIA. Clayton regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, Clayton has to survive 'The Farm', where the veteran Burke teaches him the ropes and rules of the game. Clayton quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when Clayton starts to question his role, Burke taps him for a special assignment to root out a mole. Will Clayton find an ally to trust before it’s too late?

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"Nothing is as it seems" in The Recruit, a guessing-game thriller that employs plot twists and conflicting loyalties as its primary raison d'etre. Surrounded by potential deception, a newly recruited CIA officer (Colin Farrell) must determine if his manipulative instructor (Al Pacino) is being honest when he identifies Farrell's fellow recruit and love interest (Bridget Moynihan) as an enemy "mole" assigned to steal a dangerous computer virus from CIA headquarters. While claiming to offer an insider's look at CIA training methods, this engrossing yet ultimately predictable plot is pure Hollywood fantasy; any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental, leaving the perpetually unshaven and scruffily coiffed Farrell to fend for himself in Pacino's cynical arena while tracing his familial roots in the spy game. Wearing its cleverness on its sleeve, The Recruit is an adequately elaborate puzzle of perceptions. "Everything is a test", as Farrell soon realises, and attentive viewers will enjoy piecing it all together.--Jeff Shannon

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 12 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
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
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PyroSikTh on 30 July 2006
Format: DVD
Have I missed something here? Have I missed the predictability and "aweful" script or something? Every review I read says this is a bad film, a dissappointing film, a mediocre film, a predictable film. Hey maybe I'm stupid, but I think this film is excellent and one of the most unpredictable films I've seen in my life. I think the acting is superb. I think the script suits. I think the two halves of the film fit perfectly and give this film it's originality. I think this is a good film.

However it's not excellent as very few films are excellent. But I'd definatly buy this DVD if I saw it in a shop. It all appears rather believable to me, even in the tests, and I was on the edge of my seat a few times too. Personnaly don't listen to other reviews, or at least wtch the film to give judgement yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morrisman on 29 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
i love it so i would deffo recommend!, a bit dark, but 10/10, the acting in it is really good as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dexter 24 on 18 April 2014
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Excellent film with Colin Farrell with quite a few twists and turns in the plotline and it keeps you on your toes all the way through, including who is the real baddie in the film........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Friends fan VINE VOICE on 18 Nov 2013
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Any film with Colin Farrell in it has got to be good. It was on late night TV one night and I had gone to bed but my hubby stayed up to watch it. The following morning he said what a cracking film I had missed. So I scoured the TV paper to see if it was going to be repeated, but I was unlucky (well lucky really, as it prompted me to purchase this from Amazon - the cheapest place to purchase it as a matter of fact).
This film is brilliant with lots of twists and turns. I recommend anyone to purchase this as you will want to watch it again and again.
I dare not go into the story, only that it is a serious one, as I will get carried away and spoil it for you all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs NJ on 9 Sep 2013
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It does keep you guessing right up the last 5 /10 minutes. A good movie to watch with friends or alone. Enjoyed very much, bought mine off Zover stocks highly recommend this seller :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kanye West's Biggest Fan lol on 26 July 2004
Format: DVD
I don't normally go for action films but I loved this film! Al Pacino and Colin Farrell are brillant in it and the storyline is excellent. James Clayton (Farrell) is a computer wizz who is recruited by Walter Burke (Pacino) into the CIA and James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla (Bridget Moynahan) one of his fellow recruits. He is chosen to be a NOC and root out a mole. The suspense builds in a maze of gripping twists and turns, there are only 2 things James can count on - he can't trust anyone and nothing is as it seems. A truly excellent film - which is why I bought it! Top Class!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
Stars Colin Farrel and Al Pacino.
Colin Farrell plays James Clayton, a computer wizz whos talked into joining the CIAs training program, by top agent Walter Burke, played by Al Pacino. Clayton becomes the top of the class at "The Farm" and Burke takes him under his wing. From here the plot thickens and it keeps the audience guessing to whether Clayton is the good guy or not. Fantastic!!!!
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