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The Recruit (2003)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  31 January 2003 (USA)
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A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency.

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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 wild62

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Trust. Betrayal. Deception. In the C.I.A. nothing is what it seems.


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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$254,721 (Japan) (16 January 2004)

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$676,129 (Japan) (23 January 2004)
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The CIA questioner asks James a question "Would you rather ride on a train, dance in the rain or feel no pain" which predicts three things that occur to James during the film. His chase of the fugitive (later revealed to be his friend Zack) happens through and under a train, his pursuit of Layla to the train station occurs in the rain and his kidnapping during training where he is tortured, testing his pain limits. See more »

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While training at The Farm, the recruits shoot at paper targets. When they are told to "stand and holster" and the targets reeled in, it can be seen that none of the paper targets have any holes in them. See more »

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Husky Guy: What are the names of your instructors?
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Not the most original thriller, but it does exactly what you can expect from it.
20 April 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

For some reason or another, this movie wasn't really accepted by the majority of the audience and I wonder why that is. I'm not saying it is a masterpiece, but this is still a movie with Al Pacino and Colin Farrell. Both actors and especially Al Pacino are normally good for some decent fun and some good acting and it wasn't any different in this movie.

This movie tells us the story of James Clayton (Colin Farrell), a young computer graduate who is recruited by Walter Burke (Al Pacino) to work for the CIA. Despite Clayton's unconventional attitude, Burke sees in him one of the best agents the CIA can wish for. That's why he'll guide Clayton through the difficult training courses and helps him to quickly rise through the ranks. Once the training period is over Clayton gets a special assignment, he'll have to detect a mole that has infiltrated in the CIA. But will his training be enough and was Burke right about the fact that this may well be the best agent ever?

This movie is perhaps not the most original thriller ever, but it delivers everything that it is asked for. It's a good movie, full of suspense and decent acting. And for those who are interested: it also gives an insight on how the trainees are recruited, how they are prepared to be a spy and what they learn to survive. I don't know anything about it, but I guess it all looked pretty accurate. Anyway, I enjoyed watching this movie and I give it a 7.5/10.


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