Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 2003. Touchstone Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Epsilon Motion Pictures. Screenplay by Roger Towne, Kurt Wimmer, Mitch Glazer. Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh. Produced by Jeff Apple, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum. Music by Klaus Badelt. Production Design by Andrew McAlpine. Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor. Film Editing by David Rosenbloom.
Thank God for Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman; where would sexy young protégés in need of mentors go if it were not for them? This time Pacino plays a CIA recruiter who spots Colin Farrell working behind a bar and immediately pegs him for CIA work: he has that “star quality” that the government truly needs working behind the scenes. Farrell’s assignment is to go through the basic training of the CIA while also investigating a possible double agent (Bridget Moynahan) who just happens to also be a hot babe. The pace is brisk and fun, but the twists are dull and the film concentrates more of its plot on just how cool Farrell is and less on storytelling. Then there’s the requisite ten minute shouting monologue that Pacino delivers, focusing on about nothing in particular but sounding great doing it. Strictly for fans of the same-shit, different-pile variety of filmmaking.