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.
Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.
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
Both Colin Farrell and Gabriel Macht went on to star in the SWAT franchise. Colin Farrell starred in SWAT (2003) and Gabriel Macht in SWAT: Firefight (2011). See more »
When Clayton exits the boxing hall and heads to the telephone, the camera is reflected in the glass door on the right-hand side. See more »
What are the names of your instructors?
Ok, ok. John's the wise guy. Paul's the cute one. George is pretty quiet, and this new kid... I can't remember his name.
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On the DVD audio commentary, Colin Farrell thanks the caterers for "Montezuma's Revenge in the fourth week" as their particular credit goes by. See more »
The film's DVD release presented the film open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, meaning there was more picture information visible in the top and bottom of the frame than in normal theaters and on Blu-ray. See more »
Quite frankly, I expected a lot from the movie and probably it was the expectations that killed the film. The Recruit, though backed by great actors and big money is just an ordinary Spy Vs Spy flick. The life of CIA recruits, the moles the counter and counter intelligence schemes are all very interesting, especially the games at the training centre "The farm". But the biggest drawback of the script are the characters, quite frankly they lack conviction. Colin Farell though in a neatly done role play James and if I were with the CIA , tell you what I wouldn't hire James even though he were the last person on this planet. The man is fooled by just about everyone and there is just one instance where he shows a bit of brain work, that too at the climax. WB Burke played by Al Pacino must be the most mediocre role this great actor has played in his life. He doesn't inspire, all he does is conspire. And well for the rest , don't even get me started. In all a mediocre product packaged in a Good way. Worth a miss.
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