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The Recruit Review

Rohit Murari / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.5
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Having seen umpteen Hollywood films, I can safely say that I have a more or less 100% success rate in predicting how a film will unfold after sitting through it for about 30 minutes. The Recruit brought that rate down a bit - it took me 32 minutes to predict the end. But you know the flipside? It seemed so damn obvious that I chose to ignore it.

And that is because the film moves, man! It doesn't move as in move. It realllllly mooooooves, and at a pace that would make you gasp for breath... whenever you get that little breathing space, that is. Oh yeah, "In the CIA, nothing is what it seems." In the film, that is not far from the truth either - except towards the end, but we shall cross that bridge when we come to it.


Walter Burke (Al Pacino - boy has he aged well!) is a recruiter for the CIA. In James Douglass Clayton (Colin Farrell), he sees something that appeals to his 'scary judge of talent' nature. So, he gets him on 'The Farm' - the code word for the CIA training facility - where Clayton meets Layla Moore (Bridget Monyahan). One thing leads to another and the chemistry between the two develops far enough to challenge the 'Basic Principles of Falling in Love' theory.

All seems to go as well as one expects it to go in a place like that until Clayton is asked to leave the facility, only to be told later that he has been inducted as a Non-official Cover Operative (NOC). His mission is to spy on Layla as she is a suspected double agent. Now where did the CIA pull that gig from? Spying on your own people? I thought that was what the Russians did during the Cold War. So much for blaming the commies for everything!


To complete his assignment, Clayton keeps a tab on Layla, and, yay, even gets to bed her. Talk of mixing business with pleasure. But very soon he realises that all is not well and there is more to it than meets the eye. If I told you anymore than this, I would have to kill you. Nah, just that the surprise element would be gone and that would make this flick no different from any other action flick.

What comes as a major relief, though, is the apparent lack of high-tech gizmos. Finally, a film about spies that does not confuse between your normal everyday spies and Bond, James Bond. The performances are all smooth and, going by what the girls think of him, Colin Farrell is hot property now. Like I said before, the film moves at a frenetic speed so much so that that the bag of popcorn remains forgotten. But I guess, to have the hero not battle the ghosts of his father's disappearance/death is going to take Hollywood many more years to accomplish.


Heard of that fad in the 70s regarding English films? It is said that it was so much 'in' to watch them that even those who did not know 'A' from 'B' did. So, what did they do in the theaters? Laughed when everyone else did, and cried when everyone else did. I didn't know that we hadn't outgrown it, yet, for I couldn't help eavesdrop on this guy remarking to his friend, "CIA mein kaun tha (who was in the CIA)?" And that was when the movie had ended.
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  • Cast
    Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht, Karl Pruner, Eugene Lipinski
  • Director
    Roger Donaldson
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Naveen Namboori on 1st Sep 2003, 8:24pm | Permalink
With Al Pacino as good as ever (not his best by any means) and a solid performance from Colin Farrell, this movie is not bad at all. Of course it is nowhere close to being flawless. No wonder you are surprised seeing the speed at which a secure system like that of the CIA is hacked. But then this movie isn't a perfect one and you should leave your logic behind to get fun out of it. And being an unpredictable movie? Forget it!!! This movie has no such stuff. But yeah, there's a certain confusion factor induced, not due to the complexity of the plot, but due to the confused behavior of the characters themselves.




I watched this movie at Prasad's multiplex and I must say the sound system was a treat to the ears. If you have a couple of hours free on a Saturday afternoon, you might as well watch this movie rather than get bored.
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6
Jasz Alcatraz on 1st Sep 2003, 6:17pm | Permalink
Obviously Rohit Murari hasn't seen many good movies. Your idea of a good movie may be the Titanic, right? Making such a dumb and sweeping statement ought to blacklist you forever in the world of movie reviewing. And oh, the movie was good.
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Vivek Vivek on 31st Aug 2003, 7:15pm | Permalink
Al Pacino shows he can be God as far as acting goes. Slick editing and amazing sound make this a must watch - in a MOVIE HALL ONLY.
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8
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