Recruit, The (2003)

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

Original Title : The Recruit
Director : Roger Donaldson
Writer : Roger Towne
Kurt Wimmer
Mitch Glazer
Genre : Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Jeff Apple , Gary Barber , Roger Birnbaum , Jonathan Glickman , Ric Kidney , Megan Wolpert
Music : Klaus Badelt
Ramin Djawadi
Photography : Stuart Dryburgh
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13
IMDB ID : 0292506
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Recruit, The (2003) - Roger Donaldson


Al Pacino Walter Burke
Colin Farrell James Clayton
Bridget Moynahan Layla Moore
Gabriel Macht Zack
Kenneth Mitchell Alan
Mike Realba Ronnie Gibson
Ron Lea Bill Rudolph, Dell Rep
Karl Pruner Dennis Slayne
Jeanie Calleja Co-Ed
Domenico Fiore Instructor
Jessica Greco Brunette at Blue Ridge
Angelo Tsarouchas Cab Driver
Veronica Hurnick Polygraph Interrogator
Eugene Lipinski Husky Man
Steve Lucescu Instructor
Richard Fitzpatrick Rob Stevens
John Watson Guard
Chris Owens Art Wallis
Janet Bailey Young Instructor
Sam Kalilieh Elliot
Merwin Mondesir Stan
Elisa Moolecherry Lisa Sahadi
Sheldon Davis Security Officer
Oscar Hsu Psychiatrist
Arlene Mazerolle Psychiatrist
Brian Rhodes Psychiatrist
Steve Behal Exam Procter
Jane Moffat Polygraph Technician
Bart Bedford Co-Worker
Tony Craig Transit Cop
David Boyce New Security Guard
Tova Smith Beth
Michael Rubenfeld Felix
Mark Ellis Test Instructor
Neil Crone Farm Instructor
Ray Paisley Farm Instructor
Scott McCord Young Instructor
Jenny Levine Blonde (as Jennifer Levine
Shaun Verreault Band Member
Safwan Javed Band Member
Earl Pereira Band Member
Conrad Bergschneider Firing Range Instructor
John Wayne Shafer Langley Gate Guard (as John Shafer
Stephen Lee Wright Running Instructor
Misty Kelley Tourist Traveler (uncredited
Aaron Michael Lacey Truck Worker (uncredited


James Clayton (Colin Farrell) is one of the top prospects in the new crop of CIA recruits. His intelligence and unconventional attitude attract the attention of veteran Walter Burke (Al Pacino) who squires him through the Agency's difficult training courses and helps him to quickly rise through the ranks. Clayton is then given a special assignment, to root out a suspected mole that has infiltrated the Agency.


This thriller, directed by Roger Donaldson, starts on a promissory note, only to fizzle at the end because a terrible conclusion by the screen writers Robert Towne and Kurt Wimmer. There are no doubts that this trio started with better intentions, but the finished product doesn't amount to a satisfying movie. Al Pacino, as the recruiter, plays a sly role here. He is always a step ahead of the action, but his transformation at the end leaves the viewer wondering and asking questions. Colin Farrell, plays the intelligent and talented recruit. He is very effective and convincing. Bridget Moynahan is Layla, a mysterious recruit who might be working for the wrong side. While the film is very keeps one's imagination going, it demands a more logical ending, or at least something one can feel not being let down by its false resolution.