Pssst, want to check out The Recruit in our new look?
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The Recruit is pretty strong out of the gate, with Colin Farrell a computer coder recruited by Al Pacino and the CIA. The first hour of the film concerns itself with that recruitment and the training CIA agents go through, but does the training ever end? The thrust of the film is figuring out whether or not the tests ever do end, and whether what's happening is "real". And there's some enjoyment to be gotten from that, nice paranoia, etc. Unfortunately, The Recruit's many twists and turns bring it to where a lot of these types of films go, right into the most obvious, predictable and hackneyed climax imaginable. It dawns on you relatively early that this might be the case, especially since neither Farrell nor Pacino are playing anything but their normal types (they could do these roles in their sleep, and might have), but you hope you're wrong. Alas.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!