Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Recruit |
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Robert & alfred are rival magicians. When alfred performs the ultimate magic trick robert tries desperately to find out the secret of the trick. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 06/03/2008 Starring: Hugh Jac... more »
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Hoo Ha! Same Al, different movie.
Paul M. Varga | San Francisco, CA | 01/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Al Pacino may not be the most versatile actor in the world, but he is a good actor; and, he proves it in this movie. Al plays a 'scout' for the CIA looking for a few good spies. He finds bartender and computer hacker extraordinaire (how's THAT for a double career) played by Colin Farrell. The first spy talent seems to be keeping your 5 o'clock shadow exactly the same throughout the entire movie. :) Colin and several other spy wannabes are chosen and sent to a training camp called 'The Farm' where Colin meets a delicious recruit played by Bridget Moynahan (NOTE: calling them by their character names just slows me down). Bridget quickly learns the spy trait at crying at the drop of a hat. Without blabbing off too much more of the storyline, Al gives Colin an assignment that prepares him quite well for the life of a CIA agent. There are several plot twists in this movie but not so many that it gives you a migraine. About the only thing that does is the constant verbal reminder in the film that "nothing is as it seems". Overall, great acting all around and very good action scenes. The PG-13 rating is well deserved since it isn't overly bloody or violent.. i.e. it isn't going to put an idea into your teenager to go out and do something stupid. Movie warnings: almost but not quite nudity (backless Bridget in a shower scene), sex with WAY too many covers, and profanity (mostly by the audience complaining about the covers).Is it worth seeing? For matinee prices, definitely. For evening prices, yes, if you're into thriller movies. And, just like in the movie, "PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONES." :)"
You've seen it before, but you'll see it one more time
J R Zullo | São Paulo, Brazil | 03/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The recruit" is like this: Collin Farrell is James Clayton. He's graduated top of his class in MIT, he's a computer wizard, he's developed a revolucionary software and he's currently working as a bartender in Boston. Hmmm. Al Pacino is Walter Burke, a CIA recruiter and instructor who claims to have an eye for good talented fresh spies. So, Walter Burke recruits James Clayton to work with CIA. At some point of the movie, Al Pacino's character says: "Nothing is what it seems". This is what "The recruit" is about. Deceiving. Of course, it's a good thriller, lots of action scenes, interesting psychological (even if it's very shallow) aspects, a love affair between two of the main characters, a good car-chase scene, etc. Even so, the script is very formulaic, following a pattern that has done well previous times. There are plot twists every time, but every time you see them coming. Colin Farrell seems to be the star of the moment. Although in this movie the producers tried to fix him an image of never-shave-bad-boy-baby-face, he's competent and talented, giving credibility to his scenes. Al Pacino has to take care: he's starting to repeat himself. His character Walter Burke is like his character in "Donnie Brasco", "The insider", "Carlito's way", etc. But, still, his mere presence is motive to watch this movie. This is Bridget Moynahan's most-time-on-screen movie, and her career should get going well if she keeps it like this. There are a lot of plot-holes and things that make the viewers role their eyes, so this is the "put your brain in neutral" kind of movie. Watch and have fun.Grade 8.0/10"
It's no spy game
Joe Sherry | Minnesota | 07/29/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A Film by Roger DonaldsonThe Recruit is a film about the CIA and a training facility called "The Farm". Walter Burke (Al Pacino) is a teacher at The Farm and is trying to recruit James Clayton (Colin Farrell) to join the CIA. Clayton is intrigued both by how Burke sells the CIA and also because Burke claims some knowledge about Clayton's father (who disappeared/was killed in 1990). Clayton goes along for the ride and the first half of the movie is the training at the Farm. The first half of the movie (barring the first 5-10 minutes) is by far the best of the movie. If the quality would have held up, this could have been a great movie. During the training we meet Layla (Bridget Moynahan), who may or may not be a spy. Burke tells Clayton early in the movie that nothing is as it seems. If we keep that in mind we have to accept that anything we are presented is a lie. This makes the first half of the movie very interesting but also makes the second half of the movie fairly conventional. Nothing is really wrong with it, but nothing is really right with the second hour. There are a couple of twists that aren't really unexpected, but nothing too spectacular. Here's the bottom line: I enjoyed watching the movie, but it was ultimately empty and forgettable. Al Pacino gets to give a nice speech (a wonderful, but typical Pacino explosion), and everyone does a good job, but the movie is just lacking...I think it is lacking any kind of real story. If you want to see a better movie in this genre, see Spy Game. It's a much better movie."
Nothing is as it Seems
W. Russell | Camarillo, CA USA | 02/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Al Pacino delivers another great performance as a veteran CIA operative tasked with scouting and training young agent hopefuls. He recruits a MIT computer genius played by Colin Farrell. Colin is sent with other agent hopefuls to the CIA training facility known as the farm. Here they learn the basics of espionage, weapons, and survival. Only the best are selected to go on as CIA agents while others are weeded out. In the course of his stay at the farm, Colin falls for another agent recruit played by Bridget Moynahan. This is the type of movie that has a lot of plot twists, so too deep of an explanation could ruin the surprise. Suffice it to say that "nothing is as it seems". If you like spy thrillers and/or are a Pacino fan, this movie is recommended."