The Recruit Reviews

  • Oct 03, 2019

    The recruit is a twisty tech thriller.

    The recruit is a twisty tech thriller.

  • Oct 02, 2019

    It was relatively enjoyable to watch. Acting wasn't bad and the twist were not to confusing. Overall decent movie.

    It was relatively enjoyable to watch. Acting wasn't bad and the twist were not to confusing. Overall decent movie.

  • Mar 25, 2019

    Why is it when there's a good film the screenwriters cock it all up with a stupid ending because they run out of ideas.

    Why is it when there's a good film the screenwriters cock it all up with a stupid ending because they run out of ideas.

  • Nov 05, 2018

    a big cry for help.. The Recruit Donaldson's spy thriller is a big question to the genre it claims to be. This is a no go from the first frame itself. No matter how alluring and intriguing the concept may sound like, it is completely shallow and empty to the core. It is a tale extracted from a chapter of a textbook, which too was unfortunately mediocre. It has the same old storyline that we have been listening to over the years, even the surprises are so bizarrely installed, that you can see the station far before it arrives. On terms of script, it is a big cry for help. It needed the polishing aplenty and better supervision on both editing and execution. This meaningless chase of cat and mouse, is clearly outdated. The foggy roads, the shady deals, finite set of characters and involuntary sacrifices, every aspect of the plot shucks away its integrity. It doesn't take itself seriously. What it has got right, is the cast. Pacino is the perfect riddler for the role, his promising commitment itself is convincing enough to be the apt host to take a tour of this world. Farrell, on his parallel role, gets overpowered by Pacino at times and since his role demands such a position, he holds onto that piece of thread till the last frame. The other supporting cast like Moynahan and Macht fails to reap the flag as anticipated. The dialogues or more accurately, monologues allotted to actors are performed lethally especially by Pacino on latter stages. But this is a drop in the ocean. Even an actor with a caliber like such cannot save this sinking ship that the screenplay is. Donaldson's vision is frankly blurred and undercooked to create the anticipated impact. The Recruit literally recruits you through its concept but this job calls for a labour work and not your promised white collar job.

    a big cry for help.. The Recruit Donaldson's spy thriller is a big question to the genre it claims to be. This is a no go from the first frame itself. No matter how alluring and intriguing the concept may sound like, it is completely shallow and empty to the core. It is a tale extracted from a chapter of a textbook, which too was unfortunately mediocre. It has the same old storyline that we have been listening to over the years, even the surprises are so bizarrely installed, that you can see the station far before it arrives. On terms of script, it is a big cry for help. It needed the polishing aplenty and better supervision on both editing and execution. This meaningless chase of cat and mouse, is clearly outdated. The foggy roads, the shady deals, finite set of characters and involuntary sacrifices, every aspect of the plot shucks away its integrity. It doesn't take itself seriously. What it has got right, is the cast. Pacino is the perfect riddler for the role, his promising commitment itself is convincing enough to be the apt host to take a tour of this world. Farrell, on his parallel role, gets overpowered by Pacino at times and since his role demands such a position, he holds onto that piece of thread till the last frame. The other supporting cast like Moynahan and Macht fails to reap the flag as anticipated. The dialogues or more accurately, monologues allotted to actors are performed lethally especially by Pacino on latter stages. But this is a drop in the ocean. Even an actor with a caliber like such cannot save this sinking ship that the screenplay is. Donaldson's vision is frankly blurred and undercooked to create the anticipated impact. The Recruit literally recruits you through its concept but this job calls for a labour work and not your promised white collar job.

  • Jul 13, 2018

    Predictable..but still fun thriller.

    Predictable..but still fun thriller.

  • Feb 06, 2018

    A CIA thriller that begins exceptionally well, simmers through the middle act developing intrigue and suspense, only to capitulate in the final act with a predictable conclusion. Al Pacino plays his CIA recruiter role too one-dimensional for my taste. He's usually capable of conveying multiple motives very well in other films but here he is given remarkably little to do. Colin Farrell plays the lead convincingly well. Bridget Moynahan also shines as the love interest opposite Farrell. The film simply needed a better rewrite for the last act. As it stands it missed a great opportunity. For a superior CIA thriller check out the 70's classic "Three Days of the Condor" .

    A CIA thriller that begins exceptionally well, simmers through the middle act developing intrigue and suspense, only to capitulate in the final act with a predictable conclusion. Al Pacino plays his CIA recruiter role too one-dimensional for my taste. He's usually capable of conveying multiple motives very well in other films but here he is given remarkably little to do. Colin Farrell plays the lead convincingly well. Bridget Moynahan also shines as the love interest opposite Farrell. The film simply needed a better rewrite for the last act. As it stands it missed a great opportunity. For a superior CIA thriller check out the 70's classic "Three Days of the Condor" .

  • Jan 17, 2018

    Great movie, I really enjoyed the constant plot twists thought out the movie. I though Al Pacino had a very convincing role and was able to bait the twist well throughout the movie

    Great movie, I really enjoyed the constant plot twists thought out the movie. I though Al Pacino had a very convincing role and was able to bait the twist well throughout the movie

  • Dec 22, 2017

    Underrated that's for sure.

    Underrated that's for sure.

  • Nov 12, 2017

    Story about a whiz kid trained to be a CIA agent. I actually enjoy the first half of the movie a lot. Its the second half that sucks. The whole thing ends like a bad episode of 24.

    Story about a whiz kid trained to be a CIA agent. I actually enjoy the first half of the movie a lot. Its the second half that sucks. The whole thing ends like a bad episode of 24.

  • Oct 15, 2017

    Great potential lost. Too "complicated" for its own good.

    Great potential lost. Too "complicated" for its own good.