The Recruit
2003
Of all the CIA operatives-in-training, James Clayton is the one that agency veteran Walter Burke most wants to recruit. But before James can officially become an officer, he must prove his worth at the Farm, the CIA's secret training grounds.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

Silly and completely implausible, but still charming and entertaining, this is passable entertainment but completely mediocre. The plot twists come a little too late for an audience already familiar with this genre, but they're not entirely predictable, and the actors pull them off with charm. The actors also refuse to overplay the material, grounding their behavior in reality even if their motivations are questionable. And there are plenty of nuances; count all the Kurt Vonnegut references if you get bored. I think Al Pacino could be interesting ordering lunch.

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