TRUST. BETRAYAL. DECEPTION. IN THE C.I.A. NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS.
Brilliant student James Douglas Clayton (Colin Farrell) is recruited by CIA veteran Walter Burke (Al Pacino); at The Farm, he learns the ropes but also that nothing is what it seems. The man who brought us No Way Out (1987) delivers another thriller that tries to make viewers just as confused as the new recruits in the film. It’s an entertaining and exciting story, if not exactly believable, about the lack of trust that is vital for any spy; rely on your friends and you’re dead. It is easy to sympathize with Farrell’s character and Pacino refrains from going overboard with his intense performance.
2003-U.S. 105 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Cast: Al Pacino (Walter Burke), Colin Farrell (James Douglas Clayton), Bridget Moynahan (Layla Moore), Gabriel Macht, Karl Pruner, Eugene Lipinski.