The Recruit

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Recruit (Touchstone Movie)

“The Recruit” is a thriller film released in 2003, directed by Roger Donaldson. The movie stars Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, and Bridget Moynahan in the lead roles.

The film follows James Clayton (played by Colin Farrell), a talented computer programmer and MIT graduate, who is recruited by a mysterious CIA agent named Walter Burke (played by Al Pacino) to join the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). James is selected for his exceptional skills and potential to become a top agent.

At “The Farm,” a secret CIA training facility, James undergoes intense physical and mental training to become a covert operative. He meets fellow trainee Layla Moore (played by Bridget Moynahan), with whom he forms a romantic connection.

As James progresses through his training, he becomes suspicious of the motives of his mentor, Walter Burke. He starts to question the loyalty and trustworthiness of those around him, leading him to uncover hidden agendas and unexpected twists in the world of espionage.

“The Recruit” combines elements of action, suspense, and mystery as it delves into the world of intelligence agencies and covert operations. The film explores themes of loyalty, betrayal, and the thin line between truth and deception.

Colin Farrell delivers a compelling performance as the young recruit, showcasing his range as an actor. Al Pacino’s portrayal of the seasoned CIA agent adds gravitas and complexity to the character of Walter Burke.

While “The Recruit” received mixed reviews from critics, it was well-received by audiences for its engaging plot and thrilling sequences. The film’s twists and turns keep viewers on the edge of their seats, making it an entertaining addition to the espionage thriller genre.

Overall, “The Recruit” is a gripping and fast-paced film that offers a glimpse into the world of spies and intelligence operations. It combines action, suspense, and intrigue to create an enjoyable and engaging cinematic experience. The performances of the lead actors, along with the film’s tight direction, make it a memorable addition to the genre of spy thrillers.

Additional Details


  • Al Pacino: Walter Burke
  • Colin Farrell: James Douglas Clayton
  • Bridget Moynahan: Layla Moore
  • Gabriel Macht: Zack
  • Kenneth Mitchell: Alan
  • Karl Pruner: Dennis Slayne


  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Producers: Jeff Apple, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum
  • Writer: Roger Towne, Kurt Wimmer and Mitch Glazer

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