The world's least likely hacker and MIT graduate (Colin Farrell) is recruited into the CIA's training programme for people who like to shout about nothing being what it seems. At least, under the tutelage of Al Pacino, that's how it appears. Or not how it appears... Or... Whatever.
Then comes a big revelation - one of Farrell's fellow students is a crafty mole. Soon, our hero is spying on/shagging suspect Bridget Moynahan, and trying to figure out who he can trust.
All of which is really just an excuse for Farrell to up the charm as he ping-pongs from one plot point to the next. Still, The Recruit is always watchable, Roger Donaldson's steady direction guiding us through a handful of gripping scenes. And that's even as each twist chisels away at your ability to care about just who's telling the pork pies and who's guzzling them down.