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Recruit, The (2003)

PG-13 115 minutes

Directed by Roger Donaldson
Written by Roger Towne, Kurt Wimmer, Mitch Glazer

 · Al Pacino
 · Colin Farrell
 · Bridget Moynahan

Review by The Gnome (Billy Dal Porto)

The thriller seems to have become the movie fad as of late.(I prefer that to pop music stars making the jump into movies... Dear lord, save us from the torture.) So, it's not surprising that big names like Al Pacino (Insomnia, if anyone remembers) and Mel Gibson (with Signs) are grabbing these roles. I would love to say that this movie stands out among the sudden rash of them, but alas, while being a great popcorn flick, it falls short of becoming anything more than part of the fad.




The movie itself was alright. I enjoyed it for the most part and so did my friends. I just couldn't help but notice that an hour aftwards, the movie was forgotten, almost as if we had never seen it. Good movies are good to watch, but great movies are great to talk about. I didn't talk about this film, nor do I really plan on it. The action was alright, and the first half kept me interested, but it sort of winded down toward the end, then slapped you with a couple of twists before ending abruptly. Good twists, mind you, but not enough to implant itself into your head.

Like any good thriller, it does come together at the end, and we come to an understanding of what was going on and what happened. It doesn't wow us, like it should, and it confuses some. Good ending... just not a great ending.




The director, actors, and writers did their job. They just didn't do a great job. Like an employee just out to get a check, that's exactly what happened in this movie... the just wanted their check. Al Pacino did what he does, and I never have complaints with him, so we'll move on. Bridget Moynahan seemed too much like a carbon copy of Ashley Judd in this film, and she really needs to push herself away from that kind of image, cause while Judd isn't a bad actress, she's not a model for it either. The biggest complaint I might have would be for Colin Farrell. His tough guy image in the beginning got lame real fast, and the reason that happened was that they never really played into it. Maybe it wasn't his fault, but he didn't do much to save that spot either. However, once the facade is broken, we see the real person, and it's nothing like his original self. We see two different characters where we should only see one. So there's a little fault in the acting.

The directing isn't too bad, but to me, it just seemed a little lax. Donaldson didn't do more than his part, and he didn't make me feel that he tried. The story is full of great ideas and great plot twists... they're all just done way too soon or way too late. the character development is almost non-existent, which I guess wouldn't be a problem if the other characters in this movie spent a little less time in it or had a little less impact on the movie. The problem is that they do. Even someone who's in the movie for one or two scenes has a huge impact, and when that impact happens, we're hardly shocked at all, just confused as to why it happened and why it matters. So there's a little fault in the direction and writing.



Worth 8 bucks? I guess if you're looking to make sure you're guaranteed to enjoy the movie, this is it. If you're looking for a great film, then I can easily say, this isn't it. I liked it... I just didn't love it.

607 Words Published: 11 February 2003

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