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THE RECRUIT

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The Recruit

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
105 minutes
Wide Release Date:
01/31/03
performer:
Colin Farrell, Al Pacino, Bridget Moynahan
director:
Roger Donaldson
distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures
author:
Mitchell Glazer, Akiva Goldsman, Robert Towne, Kurt Wimmer
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B-

Not since Scarface has Pacino’s explosive temperament been as effectively deployed as it is in the wink-wink finale to director Roger Donaldson’s so-so spy yarn, a film that winds up more cockamamy than clever. No matter, though. Farrell, as Pacino’s computer-geek protege, is so appealing you totally understand how he can charm the pants off fellow CIA rookie-cum-espionage rival Bridget Moynahan (The Sum of All Fears). Just check out their scorching, clothes-on parking-lot tryst. It’s the best dramatic use of a D.C.-area garage since All the President’s Men.