‘Don’t trust anyone or anything’ seems to be the reference in The Recruit, a suspense-thriller full of deceit, betrayal. MIT graduate James Clayton (Colin Farrell) is content with his job as a bartender until CIA agent Walter Burke (Al Pacino) recruits him to work for the agency. Clayton begins extensive training at the CIA compound referred to as the ‘farm.’ Clayton is the best of the recruits under the instruction of Burke until he washes out. Remember that nothing is what it seems to be. While Clayton contemplates his future Burke asks him to take on a special mission to become involved with another CIA recruit named Layla (Bridget Moynahan) to root out a mole who has infiltrated the CIA. During their training Clayton begins to have feelings for Layla – but can he trust her? In fact, who can he trust? He is constantly reminded that he can trust no one. (I need to take that advice. The last person I trusted led me to the door of the women’s restroom and told me it was the men’s room. What an experience!) This film has an excellent beginning, a nice climax with some good twists and turns in the middle, and it’s not even confusing. However, it’s not perfect and you don’t have to look too hard (that leaves me out) to find some flaws. I can’t tell you the flaws because this is the CIA and it’s Top Secret. Okay, they could have done without the romantic sub-plot, it really didn’t add to the movie. I did enjoy it immensely and give it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.