The Recruit Reviews
Films like this just murder Hollywood.
Enter Boston, where MIT student James Clayton (Farrell) is an attractive, physically fit, super intelligent computer...hacker...tech guy, who catches the eye of Walter Burke (Pacino) a high level CIA recruiter. After a bit of coaxing, Clayton is shipped off to Langley to go through CIA boot camp, meeting Layla Moore (Bridget Moynahan), an equally clever and attractive agent. Burke's whole plan is to find a new NOC (Non official cover agent), and he's willing to do anything necessary to find them - including blurring the line between training and real life.
The Recruit is one part spy thriller and one part propaganda, creating a mystique around the CIA training process that gives off at least the impression of being pretty accurate. The movie does a good job of inducing a spook paranoia that must end up being part of the NOC's MO, while also keeping things light hearted enough to offer a couple chuckles along the way.
The film is not particularly noteworthy in terms of cinematography, design, creativity, or even plot, but it manages to hold its own thanks to some solid acting, a decent pace, and subject matter interesting enough to keep you engaged throughout.
TL;DR - 7/10
Not great, but good. The Recruit is a run of the mill espionage thriller that won't necessarily stick in your memory, but makes for an enjoyable evening for anyone who likes spy flicks. The genre is a tough sell, but The Recruit holds its own, offering just enough intrigue to keep it from being a dud.