On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.
In an era when the country's first line of defense, intelligence, is more important than ever, this story opens the CIA's infamous closed doors and gives an insider's view into the Agency: how trainees are recruited, how they are prepared for the spy game, and what they learn to survive. James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country - and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Agency's secret training ground, where green recruits are molded into seasoned veterans. As Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game, James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him for a special ... Written by
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What do you know about the CIA?
All I know is they're a bunch of old fat white guys who fell asleep when this country needed them most.
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Good spy action thriller with passable performances...
1st watched 6/28/2003 - 6 out of 10(Dir-Roger Donaldson):
Good spy action thriller with passable performances by the leads Farrell,
Pacino and Moynahan. This isn't quite on-the-edge-of-your-seat material
there is a lot of good information given to you about the CIA to almost
it a how-to type of film at least in the first half. The 2nd half
more into the action-thriller genre but always keeps you guessing.
is recruited by a CIA agent to be trained as one and we get to see how
are trained in a place called the `Farm', which is a special school for
CIA. Pacino's character constantly is stressing to Farrell and the
that not everything is as it seems. This becomes kind of the theme
throughout the movie as the viewer tries to figure out what's real and
what's not. This is quite a challenge in this film considering that
deceptive is part of the job of the CIA agent. Another statement made by
Pacino's character is that `everything is a test' also helps in the
confusion of the reality issue. After Farrell goes thru the `Farm',
is assigned a special case to investigate someone that he seems to
care(Moynahan) about, as a possible double-agent. The truth is twisted
couple of times near the end of the film but we're able to figure it out
when it's all over. The 1st half and the 2nd half of this movie could
actually each stand alone and that's what weakens the picture is the
to put both the CIA drama and the action-thriller together. All in all
is good viewing but could have been much better but it's apparent that
makers were ok with just ok, and that's ok.
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